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By John Sorenson

ISBN-10: 1861897464

ISBN-13: 9781861897466

Apes—to examine them is to work out a reflect of ourselves. Our shut genetic relations fascinate and unnerve us with their related habit and social character. the following, John Sorenson delves into our conflicted dating to the nice apes, which regularly unearths as a lot approximately us as people because it does concerning the apes themselves.

From bonobos and chimpanzees to gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans, Ape examines the various methods those striking animals usually function types for people. Anthropologists use their habit to aid clarify our basic human nature; scientists make the most of them as topics in biomedical examine; and behavioral researchers test with methods apes emulate us. Sorenson explores the demanding situations to the advanced department among apes and ourselves, describing language experiments, efforts to cross-foster apes via elevating them as human teenagers, and the moral demanding situations posed via the good Ape undertaking. in addition, Ape investigates representations of apes in pop culture, quite movies and ads during which apes are frequently portrayed as human caricatures, monsters, and clowns.

Containing approximately 100 illustrations of apes in nature and tradition, Ape will entice readers drawn to animal-human relationships and somebody curious to understand extra approximately our closest animal cousins, a lot of whom teeter on the point of extinction.

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Warbling Vireos forage in trees for insects and berries, and sing a high-pitched, warbling song. ) JAYS, CROWS Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata Family Corvidae (Jays, Crows) Size: 11” Season: Year-round in northeastern Colorado Habitat: Woodlands, rural and urban areas The solitary Blue Jay is a sturdy, crested jay. It is bright blue above and white below, with a thick, tapered, black bill. There is a white patch around the eye that extends to the chin, bordered by a thin, black “necklace” extending to the nape.

Indd 28 11/8/11 4:15 PM Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 10” Season: Summer Habitat: Inland fields, farmlands, lakeshores, meadows AVOCETS, STILTS The Killdeer gets its name from its piercing Kill-Dee call, which is often heard before these well-camouflaged plovers are seen. Well adapted to human-altered environments, the Killdeer is quite widespread and gregarious. It has long, pointed wings, a long tail, and a conspicuous double-banded breast. Its upper parts are dark brown, its belly is white, and its head is patterned with a white supercilium and forehead.

The long, stiff tail feathers support the bird while it is perched on vertical trunks. In flight, Lewis’s Woodpeckers are steady and direct, not undulating like most woodpeckers. From a perch on the tree trunk, they fly out to catch insects, or eat nuts that they have stored in cavities. They are often seen in groups. indd 43 11/8/11 4:15 PM Red-naped Sapsucker, WOODPECKERS Sphyrapicus nuchalis Family Picidae (Woodpeckers) Size: 8½” Season: Summer Habitat: Woodlands, suburbs, areas with standing dead trees The sapsuckers are named for their habit of drilling rows of pits in tree bark, then returning to eat the sap that emerges and the insects that come to investigate.

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