Why Menstruation Matters

Evening talk

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

What does it mean to be human? The human body is rich with evidence of how we evolved in the distant past. Does the design of our eyes inform us about social relations in the evolutionary past? Why do the males of many primate species practice infanticide? Is sexual jealousy natural and inevitable? Were our prehistoric ancestors naturally monogamous or is polygamy more likely? How and why did our species evolve such large brains? Was early human kinship likely to have been matrilineal, patrilineal or some combination of these? Why is menstruation so often linked with the moon and hedged around with taboos? In the past, scientists could only make guesses on such topics, but today we are beginning to discover exciting new answers.

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