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Description - Bonobo by Dr. Frans de Waal

The bonobo, least known of the great apes, is a female-centred, egalitarian species that has been dubbed the "make-love-not-war" primate by specialists. In bonobo society females form alliances to intimidate males, sexual behaviour replaces aggression and serves many social functions, and unrelated groups mingle instead of fighting. The species's most striking achievement is not tool use or warfare, but sensitivity to others. Focusing on social organization, this text compares the bonobo with its better-known relative, the chimpanzee. The bonobo's relatively non-violent behaviour and the tendency for females to dominate males confront the evolutionary models derived from observing the chimpanzee's male power politics, co-operative hunting and intergroup warfare. Further, the bonobo's frequent, and imaginative sexual contacts, along with its low reproduction rate, belie the notion that the sole natural purpose of sex is procreation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520216518
ISBN-10: 0520216512
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 216mm x 20mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 27-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dr. Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor of Psychology, Emory University, and Director of Living Links, Yerkes Primate Center. He is the author of several books, including Chimpanzee Politics (1982) and Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals(1996). Frans Lanting is one of the world's leading nature photographers and the recipient of many prestigious awards. His work appears regularly in National Geographic, Life, and other magazines. His books include Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (1993), Madagascar: A World out of Time (1990), and Forgotten Edens (1993).