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Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals

Nathan H. Lents


Animals fall in love, establish rules for fair play, exchange valued goods and services, hold “funerals” for fallen comrades, deploy sex as a weapon, and communicate with one another using rich vocabularies. Animals also get jealous and violent or greedy and callous and develop irrational phobias, just like us. Monkeys address inequality, wolves miss each other, elephants grieve for their dead, and prairie dogs name the humans they encounter. Human and animal behavior is not as different as once believed. In Not So Different, the biologist Nathan H. Lents argues that the same evolutionary forc ... More

Keywords: Psychology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231178327
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan H. Lents, author
John Jay College