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GROOMING, GOSSIP AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE

By: Dunbar, Robin

Price: ¥1,300.00

Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction: 2011

Seller ID: RWARE0000030658

ISBN: 0571173977

Condition: Very Good


Did mankind evolve unusually large brains simply in order to gossip? Primat es differ from other animals by the intensity of their social relationships , by the amount of time they spend grooming one another. Not just a matter of hygiene, grooming is all about cementing bonds, making friends and influ encing your fellow ape. Early humans, in their characteristic large groups of 150 or so, would have had to spend almost half their time in mutual groo ming. Instead, Professor Robin Dunbar argues, they evolved a more efficient mechanism: language. It seems there is nothing idle about idle chatter... View more info