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Socio-cognitive abilities and cooperative breeding


Burkart, J M (2009). Socio-cognitive abilities and cooperative breeding. In: Röska-Hardy, L S; Neumann-Held, E M. Learning from Animals? Examining the Nature of Human Uniqueness. New York: Psychology Press, 123-141.

Abstract

Looking at animals in order to understand exclusively human properties seems counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, there are at least two ways to do so. However, rather then refining our knowledge on these properties per se, looking at animals can complement this knowledge by informing us about the evolutionary origins of exclusively human properties. Besides the traditional comparative approach, a second way consists of identifying general principles and regularities between the occurrence of environmental constellations and reliably associated consequences in animals which also might have had an impact for human evolution. The present chapter was an attempt to exemplify this second approach using the case of cooperative breeding.

Looking at animals in order to understand exclusively human properties seems counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, there are at least two ways to do so. However, rather then refining our knowledge on these properties per se, looking at animals can complement this knowledge by informing us about the evolutionary origins of exclusively human properties. Besides the traditional comparative approach, a second way consists of identifying general principles and regularities between the occurrence of environmental constellations and reliably associated consequences in animals which also might have had an impact for human evolution. The present chapter was an attempt to exemplify this second approach using the case of cooperative breeding.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:11 Aug 2009 12:45
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:36
Publisher:Psychology Press
ISBN:978-1-84169-707-9
Related URLs:http://www.routledge-ny.com/books/Learning-from-Animals-isbn9781841697079 (Publisher)
http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Animals-Examining-Nature-Uniqueness/dp/1841697079/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249994626&sr=1-1 (Organisation)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-6077

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