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Glenn E. King, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology

Department: History and Anthropology


Dr. King, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, has retired from teaching but continues to write papers and books about the behavior of nonhuman primates and the evolution of human behavior. His research includes observation of free-ranging baboons in Africa and captive baboons and chimpanzees. He is preparing for a study of chimpanzees in the Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. During his career at Monmouth, Dr. King taught a variety of courses in cultural anthropology, as well as biological anthropology and primatology. He also taught a course about critical evaluation of fringe science and the paranormal. Dr. King belongs to international societies devoted to primatology and human ethology.


Ph.D., University of California Berkeley

Research Interests

Dr. King’s two main interests are interrelated. He studies the behavior of nonhuman primates in a comparative framework and applies that knowledge to the evolution of human behavior in response to ecological and social pressures. He looks for components of recent human behavior that are derived from ancestral adaptations, starting with the common ancestor of humans and great apes.


Primate Behavior and Human Origins. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Traditional Cultures: A Survey of Nonwestern Experience and Achievement. Long Grove IL: Waveland Press, 2003.

Scholarly Articles

“Primate Perspectives on Evolutionary Bases for Human Behavior.” In Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, ed. Jerome Barkow et al. (In Press).

“Snake responses in primates and humans.” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Primatology (2017).

“The once and future baboon: a source of analogies for earliest hominid adaptations.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2001).

Invited for a symposium in memory of S.L. Washburn.

Review of Great Ape Societies ed. by William McGrew et al. Quarterly Review of Biology 72 (1997): 352-353.

Review of Romantic Love by William Jankowiak. Human Ethology Bulletin 12 (1997): 7-8.

“Morgan’s aquatic ape theory is fringe science.” Human Ethology Bulletin 11(1996): 1-4

Review of The Extraordinary Story of Human Origins by Piero and Alberto Angela. Quarterly Review of Biology 69 (1994): 389-390.

“New evidence for the craniocervical killing bite in primates.” Journal of  Human Evolution 13 (1984): 469-481.

“Delineation of fallacies:  a critical approach to creationism.” In Confronting the Creationists. Occasional Proceedings of the Northeastern Anthropological Association vol. 1, edited by S. Pastner and W. Haviland (1983), with K. Stunkel and I. Gepner.

“Alternative uses of primates and carnivores in the reconstruction of early hominid behavior.” Ethology and Sociobiology 1 (1980): 99-109.

“Pair bonding and proximal mechanisms.” Invited commentary on a precis of The Evolution of Human Sexuality by D. Symons. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (1980): 191-192.

“Hunter-gatherer societies and human evolution.” Human Ethology Newsletter 25 (1979): 6-9.”Society and Territory in Human Evolution.” Journal of Human Evolution 5 (1976): 323-332.