The Hunting Apes: Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior

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The Hunting Apes

Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior Craig B. Stanford

Princeton University Press, 1999

The power of the brain made humans the most successful animal species inhabiting the earth. But did other factors contribute to their collaborative powers, to their ability for advanced communication and the for the use and construction of tools? What pushed the species toward walking, communication, and tool use? Primatologist Craig Stanford presents an intriguing hypothesis - an hypothesis grounded in scientific observation. According to him, what made humans unique was the desire for meat, and the eating, hunting, and sharing of meat. to the behavior of

Based on new insights into the behavior of chimpanzees and other great apes - our proto-human progenitors - and existing hunting and gathering communities, Stanford shows the remarkable role that meat has played in these societies. Possibly because it provides a concentrated source of protein essential for the development and health of the brain meat is craved by many primates, including humans. …