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Social Knowledge of Monkeys and Apes

Penn Humanities Forum

  • Wednesday November 2nd 2011

Adaptation is the process by which individuals, during their lifespan or over generations, become better suited to their environment. For our primate ancestors, a major feature of the environment has been other primates; the demands of social life have shaped the primate mind. Drawing on their decades of pathbreaking research, Penn primatologists Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth consider what monkeys know—and don't know—about each other, and how this social knowledge has guided their individual and collective behavior.

A program of the 2011-2012 Penn Humanities Forum on Adaptations.

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