The Langurs of Abu
Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction New edition
By (author) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
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Langurs of Abu by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Book DescriptionSexual combat is not a monopoly of the human species. As Sarah Blaffer Hrdy argues in this spellbinding book, war between male and female animals has deep roots in evolutionary history. Her account of family life among hanuman langurs--the black-faced, gray monkeys inhabiting much of the Indian subcontinent--is written with force, wit, and, at times, sorrow.Male hanumans, in pursuit of genetic success, routinely kill babies sired by their competitors. The mothers of endangered infants counter with various strategems to deceive the males and prevent destruction of their own offspring. Competition and selfishness are dominant themes of langur society. Competition among males for access to females, competition among females for access to food resources, and disregard by one female for the well-being of another's infant--these are some very common examples. Yet there are also moments of heroic self-sacrifice, as when an elderly female rushes to defend her troop and its babies from an invading, infancticidal male."The Langurs of Abu" is the first book to analyze behavior of wild primates from the standpoint of both sexes. It is also a poignant and sophisticated exploration of primate behavior patterns from a feminist point of view. This book may inspire controversy; it will certainly be read with pleasure by anyone interested in animal behavior.Richly illustrated with photographs, seven in full color.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674510586
(235mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1980
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Mothers and Others, Paperback (April 2011)
If the young were to survive in a world of scarce food, they needed to be cared for, not only by their mothers but also by siblings, aunts, fathers, friends - and, with any luck, grandmothers. This title finds the key in the primatologically length of human childhood.
Woman That Never Evolved, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
This work argues that evolutionary theorists' emphasis on sexual competition among males for access to females overlooks selection pressures on females themselves. This account seeks to demolish myths about sexually passive, "coy", compliant, exclusively nurturing females.
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Author Biography - Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of California--Davis.
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