[UCP Books]: Monkeytalk

“Fascinated by the complex social lives of monkeys, primatologist Fischer has been studying Barbary macaques and baboons for decades. . . . Monkeytalk . . . includes studies of how monkeys perceive space and time, their awareness of others, and their use of gestures and alarm calls. . . . Amusing anecdotes about Fischer’s trials and tribulations as a field primatologist in Senegal and Botswana serve as counterpoint to the detailed technical content.”
Library Journal

“In Monkeytalk, Fischer offers a lively, personal, and nuanced perspective on primate behavior. She neither embellishes nor diminishes primate intelligence, but evaluates it objectively. And she does so in the most appropriate way—in the natural environment in which it evolved.”
—Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth, coauthors of How Monkeys See the World and Baboon Metaphysics


Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates
Julia Fischer
Translated by Frederick B. Henry Jr.

Domestic and International Publication Date: 31 January 2017
288 pages | 34 halftones, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-12424-7 | Cloth $25.00/₤17.50


Full of wisdom and humor gleaned from her extraordinary career both in the field and the lab, and exploring everything from wild ape dialects to experiments with symbolic language, Julia Fischer’s Monkeytalk takes us inside the fascinating worlds of primatologists and the monkeys they study to reveal the many, complex linkages between human and monkey sociality, communication, and intelligence. Focusing on three key species from her research—Barbary macaques, chacma baboons, and Guinea baboons (with a guest appearance from Rico the border collie)—Fischer’s journey into monkey society offers profound insight into the evolution of our own.


Julia Fischer is professor in the German Primate Center and head of the Department of Cognitive Ethology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, as well as president of the European Federation of Primatology. Frederick B. Henry Jr. holds an MA in anthropology from the University of Chicago and is an independent scholar and translator of German who has worked with several university presses.


Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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