The Evolution of Thought: Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape Intelligence by Anne E. RussonThe Evolution of Thought: Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape Intelligence by Anne E. Russon

The Evolution of Thought: Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape Intelligence

EditorAnne E. Russon, David R. Begun

Paperback | July 23, 2007

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Written for graduate students and researchers, this book reviews the reasons for, and the nature of, great ape intelligence. Great apes are the most intelligent primates next to humans. Exactly how this intelligence evolved is a complex question that, when resolved, will help us to understand why humans have reached an even higher level. No other book combines the expertise of paleontologists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists to attain an appreciation of intelligence in great apes.
Title:The Evolution of Thought: Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape IntelligenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.83 inPublished:July 23, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521039924

ISBN - 13:9780521039925


Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; 1. Evolutionary reconstructions of great ape intelligence Anne E. Russon; 2. Enhanced cognitive capacity as a contingent fact of hominid phylogeny David R. Begun; Part I. Cognition in Living Great Apes: Introduction Anne E. Russon: 3. The manual skills and cognition that lie behind hominid tool use Richard W. Byrne; 4. The cognitive complexity of social organisation and socialisation in wild baboons and chimpanzees: guided participation, socialising interactions and event representation Sue Taylor Parker; 5. Gestural communication in the great apes Joanna Blake; 6. Great ape cognitive systems Anne E. Russon; Part II. Modern Great Ape Adaptation: Introduction Anne E. Russon: 7. What's in a brain? The question of a distinctive brain anatomy in great apes Carol E. MacLeod; 8. Life histories and the evolution of large brain size in great apes Caroline Ross; 9. Evolution of complex feeding techniques in primates: is this the origin of great ape intelligence? Gen Yamakoshi; 10. The special demands of great ape locomotion and posture Kevin D. Hunt; 11. Great ape social systems Carel P. van Schaik, Signe Preuschoft and David P. Watts; 12. Diet and foraging of the great apes: ecological constraints on their social organisations and implications for their divergence Juichi Yamagiwa; Part III. Fossil Great Ape Adaptations: Introduction David R. Begun: 13. Paleoenvironments and the evolution of adaptability in great apes Richard Potts; 14. Cranial evidence and the evolution of intelligence in fossil apes David R. Begun and László Kordos; 15. Life history and cognitive evolution in the apes Jay Kelley; 16. Fossil hominoid diets, extractive foraging and the origins of great ape intelligence Michelle Singleton; 17. Paleontology, terrestriality and the intelligence of great apes Daniel L. Gebo; 18. Body size and intelligence in hominoid evolution Carol V. Ward, Mark Flinn and David R. Begun; Part IV. Integration: 19. Evolutionary origins of great ape intelligence: an integrated view Anne E. Russon and David R. Begun; Author index; Species index; Subject index.

Editorial Reviews

"The Evolution of Thought represents a unique and important effort to probe the many forces responsible for the nature of great ape cognitive 'intelligence'...This ambitious effort makes a worthy contribution and is recommended for any advanced researcher interested in the factors leading to the emergence of specialized cognitive abilities in the great apes." -Jennifer Vonk, University of Southern Mississippi, Current Anthropology