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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?

Abstract

Highlighting the shared evolutionary relationships between humans and animals — and recognizing that all species, including humans, are unique in their own way — may facilitate caring for and conserving animals by tapping into a human emotion: empathy.

Author Biography

Valérie A. M. Schoof, Assistant Professor of Biology, Glendon College, York University, studies primate behavioural endocrinology, competition, cooperation, and dominance and bio-geo-cultural approaches to understanding human-wildlife interactions. Website

Simon L’Allier, graduate student in biology, York University, studies how individual, social, and ecological contexts influence animal dispersal — specifically, how hormones and behaviour pre- and post-dispersal affect dominance rank in male vervet monkeys. Website

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