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Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins

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Apes and dolphins: primates and cetaceans. Could any creatures appear to be more different? Yet both are large-brained intelligent mammals with complex communication and social interaction. In the first book to study apes and dolphins side by side, Maddalena Bearzi and Craig B. Stanford, a dolphin biologist and a primatologist who have spent their careers studying these animals in the wild, combine their insights with compelling results. Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens.

Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100 million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave rise to their intelligence. And they closely observe that intelligence in action, in the territorial grassland and rainforest communities of chimpanzees and other apes, and in groups of dolphins moving freely through open coastal waters. The authors detail their subjects' ability to develop family bonds, form alliances, and care for their young. They offer an understanding of their culture, politics, social structure, personality, and capacity for emotion. The resulting dual portrait--with striking overlaps in behavior--is key to understanding the nature of "beautiful minds."

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Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens. Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100 million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave rise to their intelligence.

About the Author

Maddalena Bearzi is the President and Co-founder of the Ocean Conservation Society and is a visiting scholar in the Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has studied dolphins and whales in California and different parts of the world.

Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Beautiful Minds
  1. An Eternal Fascination
  2. Two Histories Afield
  3. Swimming with Dolphins, Swinging with Apes
  4. Dolphin and Ape Societies—Whys and Wherefores
  5. Cognition: Minds in the Sea and Forest
  6. Master Politicians
  7. Culture Vultures
  8. Toward the Roots of Human Intelligence
  • Conclusion: Beautiful Minds Are a Terrible Thing to Waste
  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674046276
Author:
Bearzi, Maddalena
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Stanford, Craig B.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Primatology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
Animals - Primates
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Nature Studies-Primates
Subject:
Science-Life Sciences - Zoology - Primatology
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Marine Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in

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Science and Mathematics » Biology » Ethology and Animal Behavior
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Primatology
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » Primates
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » World Wildlife

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"Synopsis" by , Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens. Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100 million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave rise to their intelligence.
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