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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Publication details for Dr Jeremy Kendal

Kendal, J.R., Tehrani, J.J. & Kendal, R.L. (2009). The Evolution of Human Behaviour. Learning and Skills Network.

Author(s) from Durham


Humans share 95–99% of DNA sequences with
chimpanzees, our closest living relative. Yet there are
obviously huge differences in behaviour, including
our capacity for remarkable technological advances,
our development of social institutions and our use of
language and social norms. The result is our unparalleled
construction of tools (for example for hunting, farming,
communication, transportation and medical treatments),
unique social groupings (tribes and nation states with
their own laws and customs), and social institutions
(schools, hospitals, governments and markets). So how
did humans develop such a unique and complex culture?