Review of The Mentalities of Gorillas and Orangutans: Comparative Perspectives

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Book Review

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Anthropology and Museum Studies

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The issues surrounding cognition, culture, and complexity in ape societies can be quite interesting for a wide range of anthropologists. Chimpanzees are frequently the focus of nonhuman primate cognition studies, often because of a series of assumptions about genetic relatedness. This edited volume, however, brings the "other" apes into the discourse on cognition and complexity. This is not to say that chimpanzees are left out (they are discussed in many of the chapters), but rather, here we are provided with a comparative overview that allows for a broadening of our scope of discussion, and our dialogue will be richer for it.


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