By Susan Perry
With their tonsured heads, white faces, and outstanding cowls, the monkeys may well vaguely resemble the Capuchin priests for whom they have been named. How they act is whatever else fullyyt. They climb onto every one other's shoulders 4 deep to frighten enemies. They try out friendship by way of sticking their hands up one another's noses. they generally nurse--but occasionally kill--each other's offspring. They use intercourse as a method of speaking. they usually negotiate a remarkably difficult community of alliances, simian politics, and social intrigue. no longer monkish, probably, yet as we see during this downright ethnographic account of the capuchins of Lomas Barbudal, their international is as advanced, ritualistic, and dependent as any society.
Manipulative Monkeys takes us right into a Costa Rican woodland teeming with simian drama, the place considering 1990 primatologists Susan Perry and Joseph H. Manson have the lives of 4 generations of capuchins. What the authors describe is habit as entertaining--and sometimes as alarming--as it really is recognizable: the contest and cooperation, the jockeying for place and standing, the peaceable years lower than an alpha male devolving into bloody chaos, and the advanced traditions handed from one new release to the following. Interspersed with their observations of the monkeys' lives are the authors' colourful stories of the demanding situations of tropical fieldwork--a blend so wealthy that through the book's finish we all know what it's to be a wild capuchin monkey or a box primatologist. And we're left with a transparent feel of the significance of those endangered monkeys for realizing human behavioral evolution.
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