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Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language

Author: R I M Dunbar
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©1996.
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Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of their social relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost
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Genre/Form: History
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Dunbar, R.I.M. (Robin Ian MacDonald), 1947-
Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)647568184
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R I M Dunbar
ISBN: 0674363345 9780674363342 0674363361 9780674363366
OCLC Number: 34576781
Description: 230 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Talking heads --
Into the social whirl --
The importance of being earnest --
Of brains and groups and evolution --
The ghost in the machine --
Up through the mists of time --
First words --
Babel's legacy --
The little rituals of life --
The scars of evolution.
Responsibility: Robin Dunbar.

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Argues that human beings have replaced the physical grooming rituals of our primate cousins with gossip, using language instead of touch to maintain social ties and intimate contact.  Read more...

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Dunbar has written provocative book about the sociology of language use...�A� fascinating study. A novel and exciting argument--delivered with great verve--about the evolution of human Read more...

 
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