Perspectives in Ethology

Perspectives in Ethology

Evolution, Culture, and Behavior

Editors: Thompson, Nicholas S., Tonneau, François (Eds.)

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The relations between behavior, evolution, and culture have been a subject of vigorous debate since the publication of Darwin's The Descent of Man (1871). The latest volume of Perspectives in Ethology brings anthropologists, ethologists, psychologists, and evolutionary theorists together to reexamine this important relation. With two exceptions (the essays by Brown and Eldredge), all of the present essays were originally presented at the Fifth Biannual Symposium on the Science of Behavior held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in February 1998. The volume opens with the problem of the origins of culture, tackled from two different viewpoints by Richerson and Boyd, and Lancaster, Kaplan, Hill, and Hurtado, respectively. Richerson and Boyd analyze the possible relations between climatic change in the Pleistocene and the evo­ lution of social learning, evaluating the boundary conditions under which social learning could increase fitness and contribute to culture. Lancaster, Kaplan, Hill, and Hurtado examine how a shift in the diet of the genus Homo toward difficult-to-acquire food could have determined (or coe­ volved with) unique features of the human life cycle. These two essays illus­ trate how techniques that range from computer modeling to comparative behavioral analysis, and that make use of a wide range of data, can be used for drawing inferences about past selection pressures. As culture evolves, it must somehow find its place within (and also affect) a complex hierarchy of behavioral and biological factors.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Built for Speed: Pleistocene Climate Variation and the Origin of Human Culture

    Richerson, Peter J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-45

  • The Evolution of Life History, Intelligence and Diet Among Chimpanzees and Human Foragers

    Lancaster, Jane B. (et al.)

    Pages 47-72

  • Cultures as Supraorganismal Wholes

    Ghiselin, Michael T.

    Pages 73-87

  • Niche Construction and Gene-Culture Coevolution: An Evolutionary Basis for the Human Sciences

    Odling-Smee, F. John (et al.)

    Pages 89-111

  • Biological and Material Cultural Evolution: Are There any True Parallels?

    Eldredge, Niles

    Pages 113-153

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives in Ethology
Book Subtitle
Evolution, Culture, and Behavior
Editors
  • Nicholas S. Thompson
  • François Tonneau
Series Title
Perspectives in Ethology
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-1221-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-1221-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46461-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5447-5
Series ISSN
0738-4394
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 318
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