At some point in the course of evolution—from a primeval social organization of early hominids—all human societies, past and present, would emerge. Chapais contends that only a few evolutionary steps were required to bridge the gap between the kinship structures of our closest relatives—chimpanzees and bonobos—and the human kinship configuration. The pivotal event, the author proposes, was the evolution of sexual alliances. Pair-bonding transformed a social organization loosely based on kinship into one exhibiting the strong hold of kinship and affinity. The implication is that the gap between chimpanzee societies and pre-linguistic hominid societies is narrower than we might think.
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Primeval Kinship : How Pair-Bonding Gave Birth to Human Society
Bernard Chapais: Primeval kinship. How pair-bonding gave birth to human society