Aggression and the Evolution of Man

  • Ashley Montagu
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 12)


Throughout their writings, innate aggressionists make it a basic tenet of their argument that the evolution of man was literally dependent upon the development of his aggressiveness. For example, in On Aggression Konrad Lorenz writes, “When man, by virtue of his weapons and other tools, of his clothing and fire, had more or less mastered the inimical forces of his extra-specific environment, a state of affairs must have prevailed in which the counter-pressures of the hostile neighboring hordes had become the chief selecting factor determining the next steps of human evolution. Small wonder indeed if it produced a dangerous excess of what had been termed the ‘warrior virtues’ of man” (p. 343).


Aggressive Behavior Homicide Rate Andaman Islander Cousin Marriage Kalahari Desert 
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  • Ashley Montagu
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  1. 1.PrincetonUSA

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