Today’s Kindle Sample #11

3 Feb

CW-Aspinal KidsOn entering a forest where chimpanzees live, you will immediately notice loud pant-hoots and perhaps drumming on trees. If you follow these sounds, you may encounter a group of twenty or more chimpanzees on the ground or in the trees – including females with melon-sized pink genital swellings, and males gathering round them and waiting in turn. Excitement and aggression among the males will cause charging displays in which they drag branches and throw rocks. You will also see females nursing infants on their bellies, and juveniles and adolescents engaging in play sessions with raucous laughter. But if you stay in the forest for many days, you will encounter much smaller groups and even lone individuals feeding quietly in the forest.

“Of Genes and Apes” by Anne E. Pusey in Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution by Frans B.M. de Waal, ed.

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