Barbara J. King

Friday Animal Blog


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 of birds and
smaller mammals. I'll write about it next week!

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.