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Manipulative Monkeys

The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal

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Manipulative Monkeys: The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal by Susan Perry
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With their tonsured heads, white faces, and striking cowls, the monkeys might vaguely resemble the Capuchin monks for whom they were named. How they act is something else entirely. They climb onto each other's shoulders four deep to frighten enemies. They test friendship by sticking their fingers up one another's noses. They often nurse - but sometimes kill - each other's offspring. They use sex as a means of communicating. And they negotiate a remarkably intricate network of alliances, simian politics, and social intrigue. Not monkish, perhaps, but as we see in this downright ethnographic account of "The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal", their world is as complex, ritualistic, and structured as any society."Manipulative Monkeys" takes us into a Costa Rican forest teeming with simian drama, where since 1990 primatologists Susan Perry and Joseph H. Manson have followed the lives of four generations of capuchins. What the authors describe is behavior as entertaining - and occasionally as alarming - as it is recognizable: the competition and cooperation, the jockeying for position and status, the peaceful years under an alpha male devolving into bloody chaos, and the complex traditions passed from one generation to the next.Interspersed with their observations of the monkeys' lives are the authors' colorful tales of the challenges of tropical fieldwork - a mixture so rich that by the book's end we know what it is to be a wild capuchin monkey or a field primatologist. And we are left with a clear sense of the importance of these endangered monkeys for understanding human behavioral evolution.

Author Biography

Susan Perry and Joseph H. Manson are Associate Professors of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles.
Release date Australia
February 22nd, 2008
Author
Contributor
With Joseph H. Manson
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
16 color illustrations, 15 halftones
Imprint
Harvard University Press
Pages
368
Dimensions
155x235x28
ISBN-13
9780674026643
Product ID
2464814

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