By John Sorenson
Apes—to examine them is to determine a replicate of ourselves. Our shut genetic kinfolk fascinate and unnerve us with their comparable habit and social character. the following, John Sorenson delves into our conflicted courting to the nice apes, which regularly finds as a lot approximately us as people because it does concerning the apes themselves.
From bonobos and chimpanzees to gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans, Ape examines the various methods those notable animals usually function types for people. Anthropologists use their habit to aid clarify our basic human nature; scientists make the most of them as matters in biomedical study; and behavioral researchers test with methods apes emulate us. Sorenson explores the demanding situations to the advanced department among apes and ourselves, describing language experiments, efforts to cross-foster apes by way of elevating them as human teenagers, and the moral demanding situations posed via the nice Ape undertaking. in addition, Ape investigates representations of apes in pop culture, fairly motion pictures and ads during which apes are frequently portrayed as human caricatures, monsters, and clowns.
Containing approximately 100 illustrations of apes in nature and tradition, Ape will entice readers drawn to animal-human relationships and someone curious to grasp extra approximately our closest animal cousins, a lot of whom teeter close to extinction.
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