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His primary studies include chimpanzee behaviour in Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda. His current interest is the study of human evolution in which he draws conclusions based on the behavioural tendencies of apes. He is the co-author of a book entitled Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence with Dale Peterson. As a graduate student, Wrangham studied under Jane Goodall.
In March of 2008, he was appointed House Master of Currier House at Harvard College.
- Wrangham, R. (1980). "An ecological model of female-bonded primate groups." Behaviour, 75, 262–300.
- Wrangham, R., Conklin, N. L., Chapman, C. A. and Hunt, K. D. (1991). "The significance of fibrous foods for Kibale Forest chimpanzees." Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society Of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 334(1270), 171–178.
- Wrangham, R. (1993). "The evolution of sexuality in chimpanzees and bonobos." Human Nature, 4(1), 47–79.
- Wrangham, R. and Peterson, D. (1996). Demonic males. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
- Wrangham, R. (1997). Subtle, secret female chimpanzees. Science, 277(5327), 774–775.
- Wrangham, R. (1999). "Is military incompetence adaptive?" Evolution and Human Behavior, 20(1), 3–17.
- Wrangham, R., Jones, J. H., Laden, G., Pilbeam, D. and Conklin-Brittain, N. L. (1999). "The raw and the stolen: Cooking and the ecology of human origins." Current Anthropology, 40(5), 567–594.
- Wrangham, R. and Smuts, B. B. (1980). "Sex differences in the behavioural ecology of chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park, Tanzania." Journal Of Reproduction and Fertility. Supplement, 28, 13–31.