Barbara J. King

Friday Animal Blog


June 25, 2010

The Friday Animal Blog is in The Everglades/Miami enjoying wildlife of all sorts! Please check back next week.

Celebrating Mike the Headless Chicken

June 18, 2010

Every spring in Fruita, Colorado, festival-goers celebrate the life of Mike the Headless Chicken. This startling fact I discovered only last week while browsing online to learn about life in small-town Fruita, a destination of my husbandís during his recent hiking trip.

Since then, I havenít been (more…)

Should Pets (Even Pit Bulls) Go to College?

June 11, 2010

Should Pets (Even Pit Bulls) Go to College?

In the fall, a newly renovated dorm at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, will offer what we might think of as mixed-species rooms. Students may bring their cat or dog to campus with the Collegeís blessing. As reported in The New York Times earlier this (more…)

Animals and Ancient Creativity

June 4, 2010

Earlier this week, it was announced that as possibly as long ago as 40,000 years, a pair of birds was painted in red ochre on a rock overhang in northern Australia. The images speak directly to a human fascination with animals expressed far back in time.

View a photograph of the (more…)

Selected Works

Why are animals so irresistible to us? Why do we live with and care so deeply about them? From the famous "art caves" of ice-age Europe, to the ancient villages where animals were first domesticated, to stories of apes, whales, dogs, and cats doing fascinating things today, King weaves together a scenario about the animal-human bond that encompasses our past, present and future.
Can scientists discover a prehistory of religion just as they have traced the evolution of technology, language, and art? What does compassion in chimpanzees, or burial patterns in our human ancestors and Neanderthals, tell us about the origins of religion? In Evolving God, named a Top Ten Religion Book for 2007 by the American Library Association, Barbara King explores these questions.
How do chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas-- the African apes -- communicate using body postures and gestures? Using her many years of experience studying these apes, Barbara King answers this question in a book that offers a new perspective on the evolution of language.