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Skill acquisition and life history: towards a better understanding of cognitive evolution

Dr. Caroline Schuppli, Max Planck Research Group leader, MPI for Animal Behavior This talk will be presented via Zoom.  Skill acquisition and life history: towards a better understanding of cognitive evolution Abstract: Cognitive capacity gets selected for via skills and abilities which provide individuals with fitness benefits. However, strikingly, the larger brained a species is, the more incompetent its infants are […]

Cultural rescue: avoiding extinction with gene-culture coevolution

Dr. Laurel Fogarty, Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology This talk will be presented via Zoom. Cultural rescue: avoiding extinction with gene-culture coevolution.  Abstract: It is often suggested that the adaptability and success of human populations is a direct result of our sophisticated cultural abilities. Previously, we have suggested that in cases where […]

Human Uniqueness and the study of interdependence in Samal “sea nomads” of the Philippines

Dr. Kim Hill, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University This talk will be presented via Zoom. Human Uniqueness and the study of interdependence in Samal “sea nomads” of the Philippines.  Abstract:  Humans are an extreme outlier species by many objective measures. How did we get to be so different from […]