by Alison Jolly
This primatologist depicts human evolution in terms of females' cooperation and males' individualism. Jolly argues that "selfish genes, interacting with their environment, led to love between kin, trust between friends, the intricacies of the mind, and the emergent organizations of society." The author's own studies have led her to conclude that "the chief spur to our intelligence was outsmarting and cooperating with our apish colleagues." By examining the thinking of modern humans, Jolly extrapolates back to the emergence of human culture. Originally published in hardcover in 1999.
HUP, 2001, 518 p., b&w; illus., paperback
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