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The Thinking Ape: Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence

Richard Byrne


‘Intelligence’ has long been considered to be a feature unique to human beings, giving us the capacity to imagine, to think, to deceive, to make complex connections between cause and effect, to devise elaborate strategies for solving problems. But like all our other features, intelligence is a product of evolutionary change. Until recently, it was difficult to obtain evidence of this process from the frail testimony of a few bones and stone tools. However, it has become clear in the last fifteen years that the origins of human intelligence can be investigated by the comparative study of primat ... More

Keywords: intelligence, human beings, evolutionary change, primates, evolutionary psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198522652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Byrne, author
University of St Andrews