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Department
Anthropology
Course
APG 203
Professor
Professor Garcia- Quijano
Semester
Spring

Description
3/26/14 “Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language” • Robin Dunbar (1996) • Primates and other use grooming to create, maintain, and keep track of social relationships • Who grooms who gives group members an idea of friendships, alliances, etc. • Language might have evolved to “groom” at a distance or in larger groups o Instead of actually grooming, we can use language to similar effects (use language to solidify alliances, like gossip) • Dunbar’s Argument o Well known that primates use grooming as a social tool  Social networking • Creating alliances • Maintaining alliances • Showcasing alliances (to show others who your alliances are)  Those who aren’t grooming are looking at others for possible alliances/enemies  Baboons form largest groups • Large groups not practical (no time to groom every
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