[MARMAM] New Book: "Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins"

Maddalena Bearzi mbearzi at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 14 12:27:27 PDT 2008

Dear Colleagues,

This is to announce a new book entitled "Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives
of Great Apes and Dolphins " co-authored by myself and Craig Stanford:

Bearzi, Maddalena & Craig Stanford. 2008. Beautiful Minds: The Parallel
Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins. Harvard University Press. 300 pp.


Apes and dolphins: primates and cetaceans. Could any creatures appear to be
more different? Yet both are large-brained intelligent mammals with complex
communication and social interaction. In the first book to study apes and
dolphins side by side, Maddalena Bearzi and Craig B. Stanford, a dolphin
biologist and a primatologist who have spent their careers studying these
animals in the wild, combine their insights. Beautiful Minds explains how
and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike
and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens.
Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100
million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave
rise to their intelligence. And they closely observe that intelligence in
action, in the territorial grassland and rainforest communities of
chimpanzees and other apes, and in groups of dolphins moving freely through
open coastal waters. The authors detail their subjects¹ ability to develop
family bonds, form alliances, and care for their young. They offer an
understanding of their culture, politics, social structure, personality, and
capacity for emotion. The resulting dual portrait‹with striking overlaps in
behavior‹is key to understanding the nature of ³beautiful minds.²

The book is now available in bookstores and online:



Maddalena Bearzi
Maddalena Bearzi, Ph.D.
Ocean Conservation Society, President
P.O. Box 12860
Marina del Rey, CA 90295 - USA
ph.310.8225205, fax 310.8225729
mbearzi at earthlink.net

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