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How did patriarchy actually begin?

10/06/2023 10:13 AM | Click to read full article

For years, "Monkey Hill", as it was known, had been the scene of bloody violence and frequent fatalities. Monkey Hill cast a long shadow over how animal experts imagined male domination. Its murderous primates reinforced a popular myth at the time that humans were a naturally patriarchal species. For zoo visitors, it felt as though they might be peering into our evolutionary past, one in which naturally violent males had always victimised weaker females.