Int J Primatol (2017) 38:794–798 DOI 10.1007/s10764-017-9975-8 BOOK REVIEW Michio Nakamura, Kazuhiko Hosaka, Noriko Itoh, and Koichiro Zamma (Eds.): Mahale Chimpanzees: 50 Years of Research Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015, xv + 780 pp., ISBN: 978–1,107,052,314, $180.00 (Hardback) Catherine Hobaiter Received: 13 May 2017 /Accepted: 16 May 2017 /Published online: 11 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 Even in nonhuman societies, individuals not only form a society but are also influenced by their society. (p. 72) When Toshisada Nishida (1941–2011) was sent by Jun’ichiro Itani as a graduate student to work with the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains in 1965, it was the start of a project that was to last almost 50 years, through his entire career. It was Nishida who first correctly recognized and described chimpanzee social structure – the fluid fission–fusion of parties that form a single community (or unit group). It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this insight for chimpanzee and comparative research. It represents the fundamental foundation on which our understanding of chimpanzees’ social behavior and their behavioral diversity stands. Over the past 30 years, our understanding of the nuanced tapestry of variation in chimpanzee behavior has grown in depth and
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