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When Strier was first getting to know the muriquis, primatology was still largely focused on just a handful of species that had adapted to life on the ground, including baboons, or that had close evolutionary relationships with humans, such as apes.
This emphasis came to shape public perception of primates as essentially aggressive. We picture chest-beating, teeth-flashing dominant male gorillas competing to mate with any female they choose. We picture, as Goodall had witnessed beginning in 1974, chimpanzees invading other territories, biting and beating other chimps to death. Primates, including possibly the most violent one of all—us—seemed to be born ruffians.
Strier’s research introduced the world to an alternative primate lifestyle. Female muriquis mate with a lot of males and males don’t often fight. Though bonobos, known for their casual sex, are often called the “hippie” primates, the muriquis in Strier’s study site are equally deserving of that reputation. They are peace-loving and tolerant. Strier also showed that the muriquis turn out to be incredibly cooperative, a characteristic that may be just as important in primate societies as vicious rivalry.
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Actually humans are part of nature also.
we are aware of it and the full impact of our actions, something that so far we alone can be in the natural world. That puts us even more on the spot that anything else...
NONE of the hedge residents are spilling oil into the oceans, taking down all the trees, poisoning the world with pesticides, garbage, radioactive materials we don't know what to do about....
You make the human impact on the environment sound evil and premeditated. I agree that unchecked capitalism and industrialisation are very destructive, but it is not as easy to solve the problems they create as it seems as first glance. The truth is that we are simply another animal species for which the natural checks to population growth have been removed, resulting in the usual environmental damage and destruction.
This emphasis came to shape public perception of primates as essentially aggressive.