Did monkey business shape human society?

March 27, 2015 2:36 PM

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Did monkey business shape human society?

"Coalition-building must have been very important in the development of the political and social structures of early humans," primatologist Maura Tyrrell explained.

Specifically, Tyrrell and her ongoing research suggests coalition-building behaviors among crested black males -- relationships and alliances forged in various competitive contexts -- may have influenced (or at least explain) how and why early humans first interacted with each other.

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