Darwin's monkey: why baboons can't become human.

@article{Strum2012DarwinsMW,
  title={Darwin's monkey: why baboons can't become human.},
  author={Shirley C. Strum},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  year={2012},
  volume={149 Suppl 55},
  pages={3-23}
}
Baboons were used in the past as models for human evolution. I utilize 40 years of data from my long-term study on baboons in Kenya to suggest that baboons are once again relevant for understanding human evolution, not as a referential model but to reset the starting conditions of the human experiment. The baboon data also offer a critique of widely held ideas about how natural selection might work by looking at real lives in real time. This situates competition in a matrix of collaboration and… CONTINUE READING
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