17965Re: [evol-psych] Did Early Interest in Eating Meat
- Mar 31, 2002For this discussion on primate sociality, please, read:
van Schaik, C. P., & van Hooff, J. A. R. A. M. (1983). On the ultimate
causes of primate social systems. Behaviour 85: 91-117.
This paper claims that, apart from food distribution, anti-predator
defense is a main cause of primate group living. For example, groups
of the same macaque species under conditions with or without predator
pressure show noticeable differences in group size (larger groups when
there are predators around).
As for meat-eating, see the writings of C. Boesch and C. Stanford.
Both, especially Stanford, claim a heavy reliance by chimpanzees on
meat, which is a clumped but sharable (and shared) resource.
For discussions of the role of meat in human evolution see chapters by
C. Stanford and R. Wrangham in "Tree of Origin" (Harvard University
Hope this helps,
-- Frans de Waal
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