Barbara J. King

Friday Animal Blog


September 30, 2011

For now, I'm going to suspend this beloved little blog, after all, in order to concentrate on my every-Thursday NPR science posting, and on writing my animal-grief book. Once I learn whether I'm to become a regular at NPR- or not- I will reassess. Meanwhile, my deepest thanks for so much support here!


On the Finite Nature of Expendable Energy

September 23, 2011

My second post at NPR went up yesterday, and brought in some vibrant discussion on the top of ascribing human emotions to animals. (Do check out the comments as well as the text itself.)


My discovery of the week: It takes lots of

Blogging Double...or Not

September 16, 2011

As some of you already know, I began a new venture in blogging this week--yesterday, in fact. The science blog 13.7 at NPR asked me to contribute weekly posts on aspects of anthropology and animals. As requested, I made my initial contribution an introductory one, about what fascinates me most within the arena of biological (more…)

A Primatologistís Bison-Flow Morning

September 9, 2011

Labor Day 2011, Iíll never forget. That morning in Wyoming, from where Iíve just returned, all the unruly variables of wildlife observing lined up and offered me an unforgettable bison-watching experience. Iím still on a high from it.

It was (more…)


September 2, 2011

The Friday Animal Blog is, this morning, waking up in Jackson, Wyoming. We'll drive on
the edge of the Grand Teton range today, on into Yellowstone. For months I've been
anticipating a return to this wonderful national park, where in the past we have
seen bison, bears, elk, moose, wolves, coyotes, and many species (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.