The Next Major Transition In The Evolution Of Our Species

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Christopher Opie

The Next Major Transition In The Evolution Of Our Species

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 18:45

The evolution of life on earth has not been a purely gradual process. Instead, our present world is the outcome of eight revolutionary leaps or 'major transitions', ranging from the origin of the DNA code to the emergence of language in our own species. When is the next revolution due?

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Camilla Power

Why Menstruation Matters
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

This talk examines the biological and cultural impact of menstruation in human evolution. It looks into which species menstruate and why this evolved. What effects would highly visible menstruation have on hominin social systems? Why did menstruation become a critical biological signal and how did this affect the emergence of symbolic culture? The widespread distribution of menstrual taboos and observances indicates their great antiquity in human belief systems. Can we offer any predictions about the various forms these take in different societies?