Thursday, October 25, 2007

Today, We are All Macacas

Maybe George "Macaca" Allen was on to something ...

When it comes to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys, or more specifically, like rhesus macaques, a type of monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepotism and political maneuvering, according to research by Dario Maestripieri, an expert on primate behavior and an Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.
In any event, I don't think Allen was speaking anthropologically when he made his now infamous gaffe.

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