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How can the intelligence of monkeys and apes, and the huge brain expansion which marked human evolution be explained? In 1988, Machiavellian Intelligence was the first book to assemble the early evidence suggesting a new answer: that the evolution of intellect was primarily driven by selection for manipulative, social expertise within groups where the most challenging problem faced by individuals was dealing with their companions. Since then a wealth of new information and ideas has accumulated. This new book will bring readers up to date with the most important developments, extending the scope of the original ideas and evaluating them empirically from different perspectives. It is essential reading for reseachers and students in many different branches of evolution and behavioural sciences, primatology, and philosophy.

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‘ … this book provides anyone concerned with welfare with abundant information and ideas on the advanced nature of primates’ intelligence.’

Source: Animal Welfare 1998

‘Whiten and Byrne are to be congratulated for collecting this second set of essays which are an important addition to the field of ‘cognitive ethology’.’

Aubrey Manning Source: The Times Literary Supplement

‘Best of all, Mach II is in affordable paperback form the outset, and compels just as much attention as did Mach I.’

W. C. McGrew Source: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

‘If you think you might want to read this book, yes, you do! That is, if you are interested in primate cognition, in ‘mindreading’ … or in the evolution of human social understanding, then Mach II is a book to seize on.’

Source: Animal Cognition

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