Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9780226316024 Published August 2007
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9780226316031 Published August 2007
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Gorilla Society

Conflict, Compromise, and Cooperation Between the Sexes

Alexander H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart

Alexander H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart

416 pages | 33 halftones, 68 line drawings, 9 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2007
Cloth $86.00 ISBN: 9780226316024 Published August 2007
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9780226316031 Published August 2007
E-book $7.00 to $32.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226316048 Published September 2008

Societies develop as a result of the interactions of individuals as they compete and cooperate with one another in the evolutionary struggle to survive and reproduce successfully. Gorilla society is arranged according to these different and sometimes conflicting evolutionary goals of the sexes. In seeking to understand why gorilla society exists as it does, Alexander H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart bring together extensive data on wild gorillas, collected over decades by numerous researchers working in diverse habitats across Africa, to illustrate how the social system of gorillas has evolved and endured.

Gorilla Society introduces recent theories explaining primate societies, describes gorilla life history, ecology, and social systems, and explores both sexes’ evolutionary strategies of survival and reproduction. With a focus on the future, Harcourt and Stewart conclude with suggestions for future research and conservation. An exemplary work of socioecology from two of the world’s best known gorilla biologists, Gorilla Society will be a landmark study on a par with the work of George Schaller—a synthesis of existing research on these remarkable animals and the societies in which they live.

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"A robust contribution to the study of how evolution of survival, mating, and rearing strategies interacts with physical and social environments."
F. Blake Morton | Integrative and Comparative Biology
"A first-rate source for anyone wanting a broad overview of what topics are currently being explored by biologists in this field. The book is well worth the price, and I strongly recommend it to academics and anyone else who is genuiniely interested in learning more about these magnificent animals and what we can do to conserve them for future generations."
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