Barbara J. King

Friday Animal Blog

See You in 2011

December 24, 2010

The Friday Animal Blog is taking a Christmas and New Year's break. See you on Friday, January 7th!


  1. January 2, 2011 7:49 AM EST
    Best wishes for new year filled with prosperity! I recently purchased 'Biological Anthropology' from The Great Courses and after viewing the second lecture I am thrilled with anticipation for the rest of the program. Your teaching dynamics are exhilirating! So full of grace and not to mention an elegant beauty. Thank you for making this program possible for the world to seek.

    - Antonio
  2. January 2, 2011 4:41 PM EST
    Thank you, Antonio, for such a generous comment! I greatly enjoyed working with The Teaching Company on both my courses. I certainly hope you enjoy the rest of the Bioanthropology one.

    I'll be back blogging on Friday!
    - Barbara J. King

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.