Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?

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Chris Stringer

Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 18:45

During the past year, there have been so many stunning new discoveries in the field of human origins that some of our most cherished and long-standing assumptions have been thrown into chaos . Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum is the the world's foremost expert on human origins and will be bringing us up to date.

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Chris Knight

How Collective Childcare Works In Practice
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Anthropologists now widely agree that Homo sapiens evolved with our especially large brains thanks to unusually supportive childcare arrangements. Whereas an ape mother must care for her infant all by herself, evolving humans developed complex systems of cooperative childcare, mothers choosing to live with their own mother and other relatives in order to share childcare tasks. In this workshop, we will explore how sexual relations during human evolution underwent a series of profound changes, with male energies increasingly harnessed to provision and assist mothers and their babies. When did the incest taboo come into force, and why? How does sex in human societies connect up with economics? This session will explore such basic questions as the ultimate nature of distinctively human kinship, family life, economics and sexual morality.