Cheney and Seyfarth enter the minds of vervet monkeys and other primates to explore the nature of primate intelligence and the evolution of cognition.
"This reviewer had to be restrained from stopping people in the street to urge them to read it: They would learn something of the way science is done, something about how monkeys see their world, and something about themselves, the mental models they inhabit."—Roger Lewin, Washington Post Book World
"A fascinating intellectual odyssey and a superb summary of where science stands."—Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek
"A once-in-the-history-of-science enterprise."—Duane M. Rumbaugh, Quarterly Review of Biology
An exploration of communication and intelligence in free-ranging primates. Much of the text is devoted to the authors' field studies on velvet monkeys in East Africa. Theories of modern cognitive science are applied in order to discover the similarity and differences between the cognition of monkeys and humans. Some topics discussed are: social behavior, vocal communication, deception, and attribution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)