Irven DeVore

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Irven DeVore (October 7, 1934) is an anthropologist and evolutionary biologist, and Curator of Primatology at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. He also teaches at Harvard.

Professor DeVore was doing field research on the behavior and ecology of baboons in 1959, at the same time Jane Goodall was doing her research on chimpanzees and Robert Ardrey was writing African Genesis, and has also studied the San people of southern Africa. DeVore was also an early supporter of the field of sociobiology.

Professor DeVore has also appeared on many television programs as an expert or narrator.

Irven DeVore once said, "There is no excuse for boring students when you're talking about human nature. It's too interesting."


  • Primate Behavior: Field Studies of Monkeys and Apes, ed., Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York.
  • 1963 Baboon Behavior Awarded first prize by the Educational Film Library Association, 1963.
  • 1965 The Primates, with S. Eimerl (Series: LIFE Nature Library), Time-Life, New York.
  • 1968 Man the Hunter, with Richard B. Lee, eds. Aldine Publ., Chicago.
  • 1976 Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers, with Richard B. Lee, eds., Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1982 Field Guide for the Study of Adolescence, with Beatrice Whiting, John Whiting, et al. A 200-page field manual prepared by the staff and post-doctoral trainees for use at the field sites in our cross-cultural study of adolescence; revision for publication as a general field guide is under consideration.
  • 1990 Current Studies on Primate Socioecology and Evolution.
  • 1992 Socioecology of baboons in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, 1958-92.

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