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Among Orangutans: Red Apes and the Rise of Human Culture

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In a richly illustrated narrative, a distinguished biological anthropologist introduces the colorful characters and complex lives of the orangutans who inhabit the rapidly vanishing forests of Sumatra.
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Belknap Press
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Cheryl
Jan 25, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Sometimes a bit of a slog, as the author is a scientist and is very careful, precise, with thorough explanations of the observations and tentative theories. Unfortunately we may never get significant confirmation of the theories because of the damage being done to the Indonesian swamps in search of profit for, of all things, palm oil for such treats as Nutella! (The author does not name Nutella, but I learned about it from earlier research and that knowledge is what lead me to read this book.)

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Carlos
Jun 12, 2011 Carlos rated it liked it
This book was informative, well written and eye opening. Carel van Schaik treats the reader to a thorough, but not overwhelming, introduction to this great Asian ape. He also manages to carefully support various insights into the development of culture and the impact it may have had on the evolving hominid line. Lastly, he gives the reader a current and grim picture of the danger that this cousin of ours faces but manages to give the reader some cautious reasons for optimism as well as giving th ...more
Speakercoret
hadiah kuis di jelajah giganto :D

yang gw baru tau:
* ternyata orangutan cinta kebersihan lho, kalau orangutan tersentuh kotoran, pasti langsung diseka pakai daun-daunan atau ranting..

* orangutan sering patah tulang, karena sering jatuh pas lagi berayun diantara pohon2 (lagian juga badan segede gitu maen ayun2an,nekat sih :p )

* mereka lebih pintar (apa lebih rajin ya) dari simpanse dan gorila. orang utan bisa mbuat sarang yang rapat dan kedap air yg bisa melindungi mereka dari hujan, beda ma goril
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Dec 14, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
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