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Dunbar, Robin. 1996. Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language. Harvard University Press. 230 pp.
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Book – monograph
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This book suggests that the evolution of language can be traced back to the grooming behavior of primates and that the development of language can be explained by understanding evolutionary changes in the human brain size, the size of human social groups and the need to develop an efficient means for social bonding. These bonds are largely created by gossip, presented as a human equivalent of primate grooming.

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