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Perspectives in Ethology

Evolution, Culture, and Behavior

  • François Tonneau
  • Nicholas S. Thompson

Part of the Perspectives in Ethology book series (PEIE, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jane B. Lancaster, Hillard S. Kaplan, Kim Hill, A. Magdalena Hurtado
    Pages 47-72
  3. Michael T. Ghiselin
    Pages 73-87
  4. F. John Odling-Smee, Kevin N. Laland, Marcus W. Feldman
    Pages 89-111
  5. François Tonneau, Michel B. C. Sokolowski
    Pages 155-180
  6. Nicholas S. Thompson, Patrick G. Derr
    Pages 213-229
  7. Robert A. Hinde
    Pages 283-307
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 309-318

About this book


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.


behavior biology evolution the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • François Tonneau
    • 1
  • Nicholas S. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GuadalajaraGuadalajara-JaliscoMexico
  2. 2.Clark UniversityWorcesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perspectives in Ethology
  • Book Subtitle Evolution, Culture, and Behavior
  • Editors Nicholas S. Thompson
    François Tonneau
  • Series Title Perspectives in Ethology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-46461-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5447-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-1221-9
  • Series ISSN 0738-4394
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 318
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evolutionary Biology
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