The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans
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Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans by Sue Taylor Parker
Book DescriptionResearch on the mental abilities of chimpanzees and bonobos has been widely celebrated and used in reconstructions of human evolution. In contrast, less attention has been paid to the abilities of gorillas and orangutans. This 1999 volume aims to help complete the picture of hominoid cognition by bringing together the work on gorillas and orangutans and setting it in comparative perspective. The introductory chapters set the evolutionary context for comparing cognition in gorillas and orangutans to that of chimpanzees, bonobos and humans. The remaining chapters focus primarily on the kinds and levels of intelligence displayed by orangutans and gorillas compared to other great apes, including performances in the classic domains of tool use and tool making, imitation, self-awareness, social communication and symbol use. All those wanting more information on the mental abilities of these sometimes neglected, but important primates will find this book a treasure trove.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521031936
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sue Taylor Parker
Self-awareness in Animals and Humans, Paperback (May 2006)
Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans is a collection of original articles on self-awareness in monkeys, apes, humans, and other species.
Origins of Intelligence, Paperback (October 2000)
Drawing evidence from scores of studies on monkeys, great apes, and human children, this book provides unique insights into ontogenetic constraints that have interacted with selective forces to shape the evolution of cognitive development in our lineage.
Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans, Hardback (August 1999)
This interesting 1999 study sets gorilla and orangutan cognitive abilities in context with the other great apes and humans.
Reaching into Thought, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Sue Taylor Parker
This book investigates current field and theoretical information on great ape cognition.
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