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Cognitive Science Colloquium: Kristen Hawkes, Friday Sept 29, 2017

Professor Kristen Hawkes

Department of Anthropology

University of Utah

Grandmothering & Human Evolution, The Life History Framework of Our Lives

Observations among modern hunter-gatherers prompted adding grandmother effects to demographic models built to explain mammalian life history variation.That could account for the evolution of post-menopausal longevity, later maturity, and shorter birth intervals that distinguish us from our closest living evolutionary cousins, the great apes. Unexpected connections are now emerging between those life history shifts and our bigger brains, our appetite for mutual understanding, and our ubiquitous habit of pair bonding – more reasons the grandmother hypothesis is worth taking seriously.

Friday, September 29th, 2017
12:20 @ 202 Uris Hall