Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Richard Wrangham

  • Melissa Emery Thompson
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_947-1


Richard Wrangham (born Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom; 1948–) is a British primatologist and evolutionary anthropologist. He is an internationally renowned expert on wild chimpanzees who has made significant theoretical and empirical contributions across a wide range of topics related to primate socioecology and human behavioral evolution. Wrangham has authored over 250 scientific articles and has written 3 books and co-edited 7 others. He married Dr. Elizabeth Ross in 1980 and has three adult sons.

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  1. Hare, B., Wobber, V., & Wrangham, R. W. (2012). The self-domestication hypothesis: Evolution of bonobo psychology is due to selection against aggression. Animal Behaviour, 83, 573–585.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lauren Highfill
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  1. 1.Eckerd CollegeSt. PetersburgUSA