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Bonobos: Unique in Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Brian Hare and Shinya Yamamoto


During the past decade there has been an explosion of scientific interest in the bonobo (Pan paniscus). This research has revealed exactly how unique bonobos are in their minds, brains and behavior. This book makes clear the central role that bonobos play as we test hypotheses relating to the processes by which evolution shapes ape cognition (including our own species). The book's introduction describes the recent interest into bonobo cognition while briefly reviewing the history of research with bonobos. To place this new work in its evolutionary contexts, researchers from the two most active ... More

Keywords: bonobo, society, development, communication, cooperation, sharing, theory of mind, foraging strategies, comparative neurobiology, evolution, conservation

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198728511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Hare, editor
Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, USA

Shinya Yamamoto, editor
Associate Professor, Kobe University, Japan

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Chapter 1 Minding the bonobo mind

Brian Hare and Shinya Yamamoto

Part I Society

Part II Social Development

Part III Mind and Communication

Chapter 6 Does the bonobo have a (chimpanzee-like) theory of mind?

Christopher Krupenye, Evan L. MacLean and Brian Hare

Part IV Cooperation

Part V Foraging Strategies

Part VI Mind and Brains Compared

Chapter 13 Bonobo personality: Age and sex effects and links with behavior and dominance

Nicky Staes, Marcel Eens, Alexander Weiss and Jeroen M.G. Stevens

Part VII Evolution

Chapter 16 The formation of Congo River and the origin of bonobos: A new hypothesis

Hiroyuki Takemoto, Yoshi Kawamoto and Takeshi Furuichi

Part VIII Conservation and Captive Care

Chapter 17 Geospatial information informs bonobo conservation efforts

Janet Nackoney, Jena Hickey, David Williams, Charly Facheux, Takeshi Furuichi and Jef Dupain

Chapter 18 Bonobo population dynamics: Past patterns and future predictions for the Lola ya Bonobo population using demographic modelling

Lisa J. Faust, Claudine André, Raphaël Belais, Fanny Minesi, Zjef Pereboom, Kerri Rodriguez and Brian Hare


Richard Wrangham

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