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Evolutionary Psychology and Thanatology: Responses to Death

Evolutionary Psychology and Thanatology: Responses to Death

Evolutionary psychology and thanatology: responses to death
James R. Anderson


Like humans, at some point(s) during their lives group-living nonhuman animals (hereafter: ‘animals’) will probably encounter death in members of their own and other species. The dying and dead individuals may be complete strangers, acquaintances, or others with whom strong emotional bonds are shared (e.g., kin, close friends). Evolutionary thanatology seeks to understand the origins, diversity, mechanisms, and functions of humans’ and other species’ behavioral and emotional reactions toward the dying and the dead (Anderson et al., 2018). Although most research in this field focuses on intra-species phenomena, responses toward sick, injured, or the corpses of other species are also of interest, as ...

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