Dwight W. Reed

How Culture Makes Us Human

Primate Social Evolution and the Formation of Human Societies

Left Coast Press 2011

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What separates modern humans from our primate cousins―are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive...

What separates modern humans from our primate cousins―are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive evolutionary turn? Dwight Read explores the dilemma in this engaging, thought-provoking book, taking readers through an evolutionary odyssey from our primate beginnings through the development of culture and social organization. He assesses the two major trends in this field: one that sees us as a logical culmination of primate evolution, arguing that the rudiments of culture exist in primates and even magpies, and another that views the human transition as so radical that the primate model provides no foundation for understanding human dynamics. Expertly synthesizing a wide body of evidence from the anthropological and life sciences in accessible prose, Reads book will interest a broad readership from experts to undergraduate students and the general public.

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