Books The Bonobo and the Atheist In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans De Waal Hardcover, 289 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $27.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Bonobo and the AtheistSubtitleIn Search of Humanism Among the PrimatesAuthorFrans De Waal Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A renowned primatologist argues that ethical behavior witnessed in animals is the evolutionary and biological origin of human fairness and explains that morality has more to do with natural instincts than with religion. 30,000 first printing. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Bonobo and the Atheist Bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary near Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Frans de Waal's Bottom-Up Morality: We're Not Good Because Of God March 21, 2013 Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.