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21. Behavioral observations of feral
22. Behavioral observations of feral
23. Behavioral observations of feral
24. Behavior of captive baboons (Papio
25. Infectious diseases (bacterial,
26. A Belizean Rain Forest: The Community
27. Baboon Mothers and Infants
28. The Sociobiology of Infant and
29. Beach Troop of the Gombe (The
30. Dominance and Reproduction in
31. Reproductive Decisions: An Economic
32. Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution
33. Sex and Friendship in Baboons
34. Life With Darwin And Other Baboons.
35. Reproduction and Fitness in Baboons:
36. The Baboon in Biomedical Research
37. The baboon: Microbiology, clinical
38. The menstrual cycle of the primates
39. The seed-eaters: A new model of
40. Soon, Baboon, Soon

21. Behavioral observations of feral and free-ranging baboons (Papio): A bibliography, 1940-1979
by Jean Balch Williams
 Unknown Binding: 21 Pages (1982)

Asin: B00070TXI8
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22. Behavioral observations of feral and free-ranging baboons (Papio): A bibliography
by Jean Balch Williams
 Unknown Binding: 21 Pages (1981)

Asin: B0006Y9PHO
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23. Behavioral observations of feral and free-ranging baboons (Papio and Theropithecus): A bibliography, 1980-1988
by Jean Balch Williams
 Unknown Binding: 18 Pages (1988)

Asin: B00071GFS8
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24. Behavior of captive baboons (Papio and Theropithecus): A bibliography, 1965-1987
by Jean Balch Williams
 Unknown Binding: 15 Pages (1987)

Asin: B00070Z4N6
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25. Infectious diseases (bacterial, viral, mycotic and endoparasitic) of feral macaques (Macaca) and baboons (Papio): A bibliography, 1972-1988
by Jackie Lee Pritchard
 Unknown Binding: 15 Pages (1988)

Asin: B00071GHLI
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26. A Belizean Rain Forest: The Community Baboon Sanctuary
by Robert H. Horwich, John Lyon
 Paperback: 420 Pages (1990-08)
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Asin: 0963798200
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A tropical rain forest primer for Belize and nearby countries, this authoritative and entertaining book is a must for travelers, students, teachers and conservationists.Written by internationally renowned zoologist Dr. Robert Horwich and ecologist Dr. Jon Lyon, and now in its third printing, A Belizean Rain Forest offers detailed yet easy to read descriptions of the flora, fauna natural history and people of the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Conveniently arranged by topic, this book allows the reader to quickly look up in-depth information on subjects of interest.It gives a thorough understanding of the importance of the rain forest and also presents a community-based method of rain forest conservation. ... Read more

27. Baboon Mothers and Infants
by Jeanne Altmann
Paperback: 272 Pages (2001-08-15)
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Asin: 0226016072
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When it was originally released in 1980, Jeanne Altmann's book transformed the study of maternal primate relationships by focusing on motherhood and infancy within a complex ecological and sociological context. Available again with a new foreword by the author, Baboon Mothers and Infants is a classic book that has been, in its own right, a mother to a generation of influential research and will no doubt provide further inspiration.
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28. The Sociobiology of Infant and Adult Male Baboons: (Monographs on Infancy)
by David Martin Stein
Hardcover: 256 Pages (1984-01-01)
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Asin: 0893912654
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This volume analyzes the behaviorl interactions between infant and adult male baboons. The result is the first quantitative description of infant-adult male relations for any higher primate, including humans. The idea that emerges is that infant-adult male relations are far more complex than the mere paternal caretaking or exploitation that has previously been assumed, and these relations are specific, long-term, reciprocal, and beneficial to both infants and the adult males. The book also deals with many current topics of interest, including parental investment, kidnapping, altruism, food sharing, agonistic buffering, adoption, and infanticide. ... Read more

29. Beach Troop of the Gombe (The Primates)
by Timothy W. Ransom
 Hardcover: 319 Pages (1981-02)
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Asin: 0838717047
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30. Dominance and Reproduction in Baboons (Papio Cynocephalus): A Quantitative Analysis (Contributions to Primatology)
by Glenn Hausfater
 Paperback: 150 Pages (1975-01)
list price: US$63.50
Isbn: 3805521391
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31. Reproductive Decisions: An Economic Analysis of Gelada Baboon Social Strategies (Monographs in Behavior and Ecology)
by R. I. M. Dunbar
 Hardcover: 276 Pages (1985-01)
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Asin: 0691083606
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32. Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind
by Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth
Kindle Edition: 358 Pages (2007-05-15)
list price: US$18.00
Asin: B0044R8X18
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In 1838 Charles Darwin jotted in a notebook, “He who understands baboon would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” Baboon Metaphysics is Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth’s fascinating response to Darwin’s challenge.
Cheney and Seyfarth set up camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where they could intimately observe baboons and their social world. Baboons live in groups of up to 150, including a handful of males and eight or nine matrilineal families of females. Such numbers force baboons to form a complicated mix of short-term bonds for mating and longer-term friendships based on careful calculations of status and individual need.
But Baboon Metaphysics is concerned with much more than just baboons’ social organization—Cheney and Seyfarth aim to fully comprehend the intelligence that underlies it. Using innovative field experiments, the authors learn that for baboons, just as for humans, family and friends hold the key to mitigating the ill effects of grief, stress, and anxiety.
Written with a scientist’s precision and a nature-lover’s eye, Baboon Metaphysics gives us an unprecedented and compelling glimpse into the mind of another species.
 “The vivid narrative is like a bush detective story.”—Steven Poole, Guardian
Baboon Metaphysics is a distillation of a big chunk of academic lives. . . . It is exactly what such a book should be—full of imaginative experiments, meticulous scholarship, limpid literary style, and above all, truly important questions.”—Alison Jolly, Science
“Cheney and Seyfarth found that for a baboon to get on in life involves a complicated blend of short-term relationships, friendships, and careful status calculations. . . . Needless to say, the ensuing political machinations and convenient romantic dalliances in the quest to become numero uno rival the bard himself.”—Science News
“Cheney and Seyfarth’s enthusiasm is obvious, and their knowledge is vast and expressed with great clarity. All this makes Baboon Metaphysics a captivating read. It will get you thinking—and maybe spur you to travel to Africa to see it all for yourself.”—Asif A. Ghazanfar, Nature
“Through ingenious playback experiments . . . Cheney and Seyfarth have worked out many aspects of what baboons used their minds for, along with their limitations. Reading a baboon’s mind affords an excellent grasp of the dynamics of baboon society. But more than that, it bears on the evolution of the human mind and the nature of human existence.”—Nicholas Wade, New York Times
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Customer Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars satisfied
I needed this book really fast for a class and I was happy with how quickly it got here.However, I would have defined the condition as fair, not good. But there was no pages missing or anything so I'm satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars What do Baboons think about?
Do Baboons think and what do they think about?Do they understand that others have their own thoughts, fears, ideas?How does thought work in a social animal?Do you need a society to have true communication?
Baboon Metaphysics is a wonderful book full of information about the social relationships and interactions within Baboon society and some other animals.It is serious, without talking down to the reader, yet also funny sometimes without being silly.We learn about how Baboons deal with stress, grief and anxiety within their network of friends and family and, by learning about them, we can learn about how we deal with the same issues.Language, self-awareness, and empathy are all subjects that are touched on.
Frankly, I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed it at the same time.I suggest it for anybody interested in social evolution, social organizations, and primates in general.

3-0 out of 5 stars this is not metaphysics
While this book is delightfully written and very interesting, it is not any kind of metaphysics. I was reminded of The Metaphysics of Apes: Negotiating the Animal-Human Boundary as I read it.

If it is metaphysics you crave, then explore Ontology and Philosophy of Mind: The Metaphysics of Consciousness.

Or, from the biological perspective, look at Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are along with Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage).

5-0 out of 5 stars An extremely well-written and interesting book.
I picked up this book as almost an afterthought after some picking out some of the more obvious books in primatology. Despite what a certain other author implies in his books on bonobos and chimps, I felt it might be interesting to find what primates who had branched off a little earlier than the Great Apes were like, to get a better picture of our most primal instincts and concerns. I definitely wasn't disappointed in this regard.

This book is everything I could have wished for and more. I would say this is the best book I have on primatology. A close second would be Chimpanzee Politics, which is also very well-written and it's on specifically chimps. This doesn't just stick to baboons, it goes into every single aspect of primatology and beyond. It talks about language, social structure etc., but it has a lot on their excellent baboon studies as well. Every page is choc-a-block with interesting information and the authors are extremely careful not to try to put any bias on their information. It's hard to read at first it's so comprehensive, and yet it's so good that I surprised myself by being drawn into it and reading it first out of all the books I got.

It's entertaining, warm, interesting, logical and extremely comprehensive, again in ALL aspects of what we can learn from primatology. It delivers every part of the argument and what could be argued and tries to put things in a clinical way. Occasionally I got the impression they were even a little too harsh on their primate friends at times, for example concluding that unlike apes, monkeys don't really have a real concept of empathy or theory of mind.

The only caveat I have is that much of the commentary in the "theory of mind" chapters is pretty empty. The authors make such allegations as that if a dog appears confused or doesn't want to do something (such as jump into a car after being commanded to), that it doesn't prove him being "aware" of him not wanting to do it. They also go on and on and on and on and on and on (you get the idea), about whether or not a baboon/monkeys etc. are "self-aware" and have a concept of others and "know" there are others with thoughts and motives of their own. This is a pure and unabashed superiority-complex, determined to put down animals other than ourselves and give reasons as to why they're not really conscious.

Of course the baboons know others have intentions, they look at what each other is doing and calculate and plot and threaten and so on. It's what you yourself have observed and reported. Do WE as HUMANS know others have intentions? Why yes, of course we do as well. We obtain our information about them in the exact same way, just that we have a hugely bigger brain than them (and of course our world is much different now). As is well-known and yet they neglected to mention, the chimpanzee "other person's sight" test only failed on humans and only because chimps often regard humans as all-seeing, all-knowing beings (and who could blame them considering the magical things humans to them to do/know?). The test worked when put against other dominant chimps, ie. yes they CLEARLY saw their intentions. At one point having reduced themselves out of all logical ways in which humans had "awareness" or "metacognition" and baboons didn't, they quoted someone else as saying: "because we can report it", which is in my view a farcical argument and just relies on the fact that (modern) humans have language and baboons do not. They overglamourise the human mind, we don't really have any special magical intellect either apart from looking at individuals' behaviours and today usually using the knowledge we acquired from language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking analysis of baboons
The team of Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth has collaborated on numerous publications, including a fine book, "How Monkeys See the World."This represents an ambitious addition to their body of work. A takeoff point is a quotation from Charles Darwin's notebooks, from 1838 (Page 1): "Origin of man now proved--Metaphysic must flourish--He who understands baboon would do more toward metaphysics than Locke." The authors use the Cambridge English Dictionary to define metaphysics (Page 2): "the part of philosophy that is about understanding existence and knowledge."

The authors have been studying baboons for many years.This book summarizes much of their work and indicates the ingenious experiments that they have devised to assess baboons' thought processes and to explore if they possess something like a "theory of mind."They consider, in the process, the extent of "social intelligence" in baboons.At the outset, they propose two general points that guide their analysis of "baboon metaphysics": (1) natural selection leads to a brain for any species that are specialized for the relevant survival needs; (2) baboons have great expertise in navigating social life, since they live in relatively complex social systems.

Key chapters in this volume:

Chapter 3: The dangerous world in which baboons live is well portrayed.Predators pose a danger.Another unfortunate factor of baboon life is infanticide.If a new male enters a troop and becomes dominant, for instance, he may try to kill all young baboons.In this manner, the new male is in a position to begin reproducing very soon with female baboons who lost their infants; he is able, as a result, to increase the amount of his genetic material in the troop through siring his own infants.

Chapters 4 and 5 are critical, as they lay out the very different social worlds of male and female baboons.In either sex, dominance hierarchies are central.Males strive to attain the alpha ranking, that is, being the most dominant male in the troop. Male hierarchies are unstable, leading to considerable social stress.Females' hierarchies are more complex and more stable.Among females, their lineage is important.Each lineage has its own ranking, so one is either born into a top ranking, middle ranking, or low ranking family.Successfully managing to thrive in this social order calls for a high level of social skills.

Baboons, as Chapter 6 emphasizes, have quite good "social knowledge."The understanding of how baboon society works is based on (Pages 118-119) ". . .an innate predisposition to recognize other individuals' ranks and social relationships." Chapter 7 builds on this with a discussion of the social intelligence of baboons, with the authors emphasizing the criticality of baboons' understanding of how to navigate complex social life in a way that facilitates their survival and successful reproduction.The chapter concludes with an interesting discussion of how baboons' social intelligence differs from that of other species, as a result of the evolutionary demands on baboons.

Chapter 8 focuses on the extent to which baboons have a "theory of mind," that is, understanding of the mental states of other baboons.The authors conclude that there might be (page 197) "vague intuition about other animals' intentions," but that there is nothing like a well formed ability among these animals to understand intentions and motivations of others.

The volume concludes in Chapter 12 with a summary discussion of "baboon metaphysics" and with speculation about the relevance of their research for understanding humans. With respect to the former, they conclude that baboons demonstrate that some animals can live in complex societies with a theory of mind and without language--if their mental abilities allow for "making sense" of how to navigate their complex social world. The latter discussion notes what differences could lead to humans having a theory of mind that baboons do not possess.

All in all, a remarkable book.It has value in helping us to understand baboons in their own terms; it helps think about the position of humans in nature and why we are unique (as all species are unique); it provokes reflection on the ability to reflect on oneself and others and try to understand why we behave as we do.Nice touches abound, as illustrated by a charming reference to characters from Jane Austen's novels to make points about individual baboons' behavior.

This is an ambitious work, and there will be questions.The authorsseem to overreach when exploring a theory of mind.It's almost as if they are using a human orientation to study baboons rather than focusing on baboons themselves. In some ways, I'm not sure that the theory of baboons' minds is so crucial as the authors do.The social intelligence part of the picture seems to me more important. Finally, using the philosophical term metaphysics in a baboon context may represent another reach too far.

Nonetheless, these are relatively minor points.The bottom line?A terrific book. . . .

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33. Sex and Friendship in Baboons
by Barbara Smuts
Paperback: 319 Pages (2007-03-31)
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Asin: 0202309738
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When it first appeared in the mid-1980s, this book transcended the traditional ethological focus on sexual interactions by analyzing male-female relationships outside the context of mating in a troop of wild baboons. Barbara Smuts used long-term friendships between males and females, documented over a two-year period, to show how social interactions between members of friendly pairs differed from those of other troop mates. Her findings, now enhanced with data from another fifteen years of field studies, suggest that the evolution of male reproductive strategies in baboons can only be understood by considering the relationship between sex and friendship: female baboons prefer to mate with males who have previously engaged in friendly interaction with them and their offspring. Smuts suggests that female choice may promote male investment in other species, and she explores the relevance of her findings for the evolution of male-female relationships in humans. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars haha flange?

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5-0 out of 5 stars The only guide
Despite the title, I'd prefer to have sex and friendship outside of a baboon, but for those brave enough to try, this book is an indispensable guide.

As the great Groucho Marx once said, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, of course, it's too dark to read." And I might add--sex and friendship too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
In this marvelous book Smuts draws from years of painstaking field research in which she followed around a flange of chacma baboons in the Mateti Game Park in Zimbabwe. Her findings inspired the plot of When Harry Met Sally. ... Read more

34. Life With Darwin And Other Baboons.
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Isbn: 0143024248
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35. Reproduction and Fitness in Baboons: Behavioral, Ecological, and Life History Perspectives
Kindle Edition: 322 Pages (2006-07-27)
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The editors will address the questions of life history and reproduction by attempting to isolate the various components of reproductive success and fitness in baboons. This requires assembling research interests in morphology, behavior, ecology, and endocrinology of the five subspecies of Papio baboons. By synthesizing studies of reproduction, life history, growth, parenting, ecology, mate choice, and mating success, this volume will shed light on general features of life history traits and reproductive strategies that have made baboons successful. These findings have broad applications to understanding the evolution of complex life history adaptations, such as those characteristic of other primates, and humans in particular. Many of the top researchers on the field are contributing to this volume. ... Read more

36. The Baboon in Biomedical Research (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects)
Hardcover: 391 Pages (2008-11-21)
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The present volume was written to provide an overview of many diverse areas of biomedical research to which the baboon has made and continues to make important contributions. Each chapter reviews the recent literature on the topic, discusses work in progress, and presents the authors’ vision of research opportunities and likely future contributions of the baboon model to human medicine.

The baboon is a relative newcomer to the repertoire of nonhuman primates used in biomedical research. However, in less than 50 years since its first use in the U.S. it has become one of the most popular laboratory primate species. It is larger than the other widely used monkey species, making it advantageous for many types of experiments and technological developments. It is extraordinarily hardy and highly fecund in captivity. It closely resembles humans in a variety of physiological and disease processes, such as cholesterol metabolism, early stages of atherosclerosis, and alcoholic liver disease. Its chromosomes closely resemble those of humans, and many genes of the two species lie in the same chromosomal order. Among all primates, baboons are the most widely used as models for the genetics of susceptibility to complex diseases and they are the first nonhuman primate for which a framework genetic linkage map was established. In addition, the baboon genome is currently being sequenced, and as a result the utility of this species for biomedical research will be dramatically increased. For all of these reasons, the baboon is certain to continue as one of the premier nonhuman species used in medical research.

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37. The baboon: Microbiology, clinical chemistry and some hematological aspects (Primates in medicine)
by S. S Kalter
 Unknown Binding: 171 Pages (1973)

Asin: B0000EGWAS
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38. The menstrual cycle of the primates (Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London)
by Solly Zuckerman Zuckerman
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1932)

Asin: B0008COZB0
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39. The seed-eaters: A new model of hominid differentiation based on a baboon analogy (Warner modular publication)
by Clifford J Jolly
 Unknown Binding: 22 Pages (1973)

Asin: B00072MLIK
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40. Soon, Baboon, Soon
by Dave Horowitz
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2005-03-17)
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Asin: 0399242686
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Here comes a drummer. Here comes another.

Hey, it's time for The Percussion of the Apes!

All the primates have a part: monkeys play bongos, chimpanzees playtympani, orangutans bang everythang, gorilla's got a gong!

But when will it be Baboon's turn?

And will he be ready when it comes?

Newcomer Dave Horowitz brings electrifying rhythmic energy to a cast of musically inclined primates and proves in his inimitable way that patience is a virtue. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to improvise
I thought this book was ok when I first read it to my son (borrowed from the library) But each time I read it again to him I improvised more and more, and played with the noises and voices I used, pausing quietly when the baboon comes... My son became mesmerized, and I was laughing at myself.So, yeah, its a great book...

4-0 out of 5 stars captivating and fun
the colors were brilliant and each page was more vivd than the one before.the enticing world of the colors made you want to pick up the book. i read it and instantly fell in love with the story as well.

i cant wait to get the book and share it with my children and their school...

good luck to the author/illustrator...an amazingly talented childrens writer...how refreshing !!

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