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Mothers and Others by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
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Jan 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 28 to 31, 2011

Wow.....when a book makes you re-think your assumptions, explore all kinds of new ideas, and laugh at the same time, give it credit! The writer, a sociobiologist asks the endlessly fascinating question of "Why us, and not them?", why are we humans and the other great apes aren't. I always thought the reason being we've got bigger brains because hunting required co-ordination and language. But, the writer challenges that idea and develops the idea that the way humans shared infant and child care, with nurturing fathers, older girl siblings, great aunts and mostly grandmothers, that really made the difference.
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mwbham I didn't know she had a new book out. I loved her "The Woman that Never Evolved". I'm putting this on my hold list.

Anne Van I loved how accessible she made everything seem.

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