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Macachiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World

Dario Maestripieri


Judged by population size and distribution, homo sapiens are clearly the most successful primates. A close second, however, would be rhesus macaques, who have adapted to—and thrived in—such diverse environments as mountain forests, dry grasslands, and urban sprawl. Scientists have spent countless hours studying these opportunistic monkeys, but rhesus macaques have long been overshadowed in the public eye by the great apes, who, because of their greater intelligence, are naturally assumed to have more to teach us, both about other primates and about humans as well. This book shelves that misper ... More

Keywords: rhesus macaques, intelligence, monkeys, power struggles, hierarchies, altruism, evolutionary biology, primatology, humans, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226501178
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dario Maestripieri, author