Bonobos: Unique in Mind, Brain, and Behavior

ISBN : 9780198728528

Brian Hare; Shinya Yamamoto
384 ページ
189 x 246 mm

Along with the chimpanzee, the bonobo is one of our two closest living relatives. Their relatively narrow geographic range (south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo) combined with the political instability of that region, has made their scientific study extremely difficult. In contrast, there are dozens of wild and captive sites where research has been conducted for decades with chimpanzees. Because data on bonobos has been so hard to obtain and so few high-quality publications have existed, the majority of researchers have treated chimpanzee data as being representative of both species. However, this misconception is now rapidly changing. With the end of the major conflict in the DRC and a growing community of bonobos living in zoos and sanctuaries, there has been an explosion of scientific interest in the bonobo with dozens of high impact publications focusing on this fascinating species. This research has revealed exactly how unique bonobos are in their brains and behavior, and reminds us why it is so important that we redouble our efforts to protect the few remaining wild populations of this iconic and highly endangered great ape species.


Frans B. M. de Waal: FOREWORD
1 Brian Hare and Shinya Yamamoto: Minding the bonobo mind
2 Takeshi Furuichi: Female contributions to the peaceful nature of bonobo society
3 Martin Surbeck and Gottfried Hohmann: Affiliations, aggressions and an adoption: male-male relationships in wild bonobos
4 Kara Walker and Brian Hare: Bonobo baby dominance: did female defense of offspring lead to reduced male aggression?
5 Elisabetta Palagi and Elisa Demuru: Pan Paniscus or Pan Ludens? Bonobos, playful attitude and social tolerance
6 Christopher Krupenye, Evan L. MacLean, and Brian Hare: Does the bonobo have a (chimpanzee-like) theory of mind?
7 Michael Tomasello: What did we learn from the ape language studies?
8 Zanna Clay and Emilie Genty: Natural communication in bonobos: insights into social awareness and the evolution of language
9 Shinya Yamamoto and Takeshi Furuichi: Courtesy food sharing characterized by begging for social bonds in wild bonobos
10 Jingzhi Tan and Brian Hare: Prosociality among non-kin in bonobos and chimpanzees compared
11 Alexandra G. Rosati: Ecological variation in cognition: insights from bonobos and chimpanzees
12 Josep Call: Bonobos, chimpanzees and tools: integrating species-specific psychological biases and socio-ecology
13 Nicky Staes, Marcel Eens, Alexander Weiss, and Jeroen M.G. Stevens: Bonobo personality: age and sex effects and links with behavior and dominance
14 William D. Hopkins, Cheryl D. Stimpson, and Chet C. Sherwood: Social cognition and brain organization in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus)
15 Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods: Cognitive comparisons of genus Pan support bonobo self-domestication
16 Hiroyuki Takemoto, Yoshi Kawamoto, and Takeshi Furuichi: The formation of Congo river and the origin of bonobos: a new hypothesis
17 J. Nackoney, J. Hickey, D. Williams, C. Facheux, T. Furuichi, and J. Dupain: Geospatial information informs bonobo conservation efforts
18 Lisa J. Faust, Claudine Andre, Raphael Belais, Fanny Minesi, Zjef Pereboom, Kerri Rodriguez, and Brian Hare: Bonobo population dynamics: past patterns and future predictions for the Lola ya Bonobo population using demographic modeling
Richard Wrangham: AFTERWORD


Dr Brian Hare is an associate professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University in the United States. Since 2007, he has published over two dozen peer-reviewed empirical papers on the cognition, behavior, physiology, morphology, and evolution of the bonobo. He has studied bonobos in zoos, African sanctuaries and in the wild. His research focuses on identifying unique cognitive traits as well as understanding evolutionary processes that produce them.; Dr Shinya Yamamoto is an associate professor at Kobe University in Japan. He has published research on both wild and captive chimpanzees. More recently he began studying the behavior of wild bonobos at the Wamba field site in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His research concentrates on the evolution of cooperation, culture, and understanding others.