Cooperation in Primates and Humans

Mechanisms and Evolution

  • Peter M. Kappeler
  • Carel P. van Schaik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carel P. van Schaik, Peter M. Kappeler
      Pages 3-21
  3. Kinship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
  4. Reciprocity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Robert Trivers
      Pages 67-83
    3. Frans B. M. de Waal, Sarah F. Brosnan
      Pages 85-105
  5. Mutualism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Christophe Boesch, Hedwige Boesch, Linda Vigilant
      Pages 139-150
    3. Carel P. van Schaik, Sagar A. Pandit, Erin R. Vogel
      Pages 151-171
    4. Tim H. Clutton-Brock
      Pages 173-190
  6. Biological Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Louise Barrett, S. Peter Henzi
      Pages 209-232
    3. Ronald Noë
      Pages 233-261
  7. Cooperation in Humans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Simon Gächter, Benedikt Herrmann
      Pages 279-301
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 303-349

About this book


Cooperative behavior has been one of the enigmas of evolutionary theory since the days of Darwin. The contributions to this book examine the many facets of cooperative behavior in primates and humans. Some of the world’s leading experts summarize and review the state of the art of theoretical and empirical studies of cooperation. This is the first attempt to bridge the gap between parallel research activities in primatology and studies of humans. This comparative approach highlights both common principles as well as aspects of human uniqueness with respect to cooperative behavior.


Altruismus Charles Darwin Darwin Kooperation Mutualismus Primaten altruism behavior cooperation evolution kinship mutualism primates primates, (non-) human primatology

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter M. Kappeler
    • 1
  • Carel P. van Schaik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Ecology & SociobiologyGerman Primate Center (DPZ)GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Anthropological Institute and MuseumUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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