From the authors of New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs comes a new popular science book about how ‘friendliness' is in fact the key factor in the survival of our species. In exploring this hugely ambitious topic, Hare and Woods present an elegant new theory called self-domestication, looking at animal (mainly dog and ape) examples of cooperation and empathy and what this can tell us about the evolutionary success of Homo sapiens… It has huge implications for our society today.
• Brian Hare is a professor at the department of evolutionary anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. He has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from Emory University, and a PhD from Harvard University in Biological Anthropology. He is the founder of the Hominoid Psychology Research Group and also the Duke Canine Cognition Center.
• Vanessa Woods, is a research scientist at Duke University and an award-winning journalist who has written for publications including the New Scientist, BBC Wildlife and Australian Geographic. She also writes features for the Discovery Channel. Alongside her award-winning children's books, she is the author of the memoirs Bonobo Handshake (2011) and It's Every Monkey for Themselves (2007).