The Primate Diaries

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The Bonding Brain

Primate sociality is linked to brain networks for pair bonds. Social conservatives are fond of linking morality with monogamy and will be quick to condemn the moral crimes of adulterous felatio while ignoring the moral crimes of cutting social programs for poor mothers. However, in a bizarre twist, research suggests that morality and monogamy are…

Adoption in Non-Human Primates

How genes for altruism can benefit strangers as well as kin The generosity of adoption has long been considered a unique human hallmark. Image: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors For decades it was conventional dogma that humans were the only species that used tools. “Man the Toolmaker” was our celebrated designation. The hominin fossil Homo habilis…