Sunday, February 16, 2003

NOT SO DIFFERENT

TV Programs Probe Parallels in Animal, Human Mating

...When it comes to great apes, the resemblance to human behavior can be quite startling; it all comes down to how to make friends, get a date, win favors, and form alliances.

Richard Wrangham, a biologist who has worked for many years in Africa studying chimpanzees, is interested in how human social behavior evolved. It's not surprising that the social behavior of humans and chimps is similar, he said.

"The thing we evolved from about 5 million years ago was very like a chimpanzee; it was big and black and hairy, it was the size of a chimp," and chimpanzees today have many of the primitive characteristics of early hominids, he said....