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Biological Anthropology Seminar Series

TUESDAYS 16:30 -18:00
DARYLL FORDE SEMINAR ROOM (Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq)
Informal get-together with the speakers after the talks

Spring 2015

13 January Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge)
Nothing endures but change: Contingency, continuity and cognitive evolution

20 January Antica Culina (University of Oxford)
From meta-analysis to social networks: What have we learned about fidelity and divorce in socially monogamous species

27 January Chris Venditti (University of Reading)
A new look at brain evolution in primates

3 February Matt Grove (University of Liverpool)
Climatic variability, plasticity, and dispersal: A case study from Lake Tana, Ethiopia

Cancelled - 10 February Lauren Brent (University of Exeter)
Social network based insights into the evolution of animal behaviour

17 February Reading Week **NO SEMINAR**

24 February Anna Nekaris (Oxford Brookes University)
Adorable little furballs of death: Why is the slow loris venomous?

3 March Caroline Bettridge (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Things that go honk in the night: Shedding new light on Africa’s nocturnal primates

10 March Laura Buck (University of Roehampton)
An extant example of warm-climate forager gastrophagy and its implications for extinct hominin diets

17 March Rebecca Grollemund (University of Reading)
The Bantu expansion: Genetic classification and the emergence of agriculture

Autumn 2014

Sep 30 Oskar Burger (University of Kent)
Issues with the measurement and interpretation of the rate of ageing in humans

Oct 7 Marta Lahr (University of Cambridge)
Recent palaeoanthropological discoveries in West Turkana

Oct 14 Stephen Montgomery (University College London)
Insights into the genetic basis of brain size from independent episodes of brain expansion

Oct 21 Gert Stulp (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Modern human adaptiveness: behavioural or theoretical mismatch?

Oct 28 Rafael Wlodarski (University of Oxford)
The possible functions of romantic kissing

Nov 4 READING WEEK - No seminar

Nov 11 Tamas David-Barrett (University of Oxford)
An entire herd of goldilocks: optimal intentionality levels in different genres of performance art

Nov 18 Caroline Uggla (University College London)
The evolutionary ecology of health-related behaviours

Nov 26 **Departmental Seminar**
Douglas Fry (University of Alabama) TBC

Dec 2 No seminar – Thesis Meeting for HEB

Dec 9 No seminar - please note the talk below has been moved to Spring term.
Rebecca Grollemund (University of Reading)
The Bantu expansion: genetic classification and the emergence of agriculture

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