The Raw and the Stolen

@article{Wrangham1999TheRA,
  title={The Raw and the Stolen},
  author={Richard W. Wrangham and James Holland Jones and Greg Laden and David R. Pilbeam and Nancy Lou Conklin-Brittain},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1999},
  volume={40},
  pages={567 - 594}
}
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