Department of Anthropology
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2013-2015)
DPhil Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Oxford
MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour, UCL
BA Economics, University of Sussex
My interests are in the evolution of
social behaviour in human and non-human primates. I use Bayesian
phylogenetic methods developed in evolutionary biology to explore the
evolution of social systems, mating systems, marriage and kinship
and investigate the causes of changes in those traits. My work has
focused on the evolution of social organisation and the causes of the
emergence of monogamy in primates on the one hand, and the causes of the
evolution of monogamous marriage among Bantu cultures
in sub-Saharan Africa on the other.
Opie, C., Q. D. Atkinson, R. I. M. Dunbar, and S. Shultz. in press. Male Infanticide leads to social monogamy in primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Opie, C., Q. Atkinson, and S. Shultz. 2012. The evolutionary history of primate mating systems. Communicative & Integrative Biology 5:1-4.
Shultz, S., C. Opie, and Q. D. Atkinson. 2011. Stepwise evolution of stable sociality in primates. Nature 479:219-222.
Shultz, S., C. Opie, Q. D. Atkinson, and R. I. M. Dunbar. in press. "Evolution of primate social systems: implications for hominin social evolution," in Lucy to Language: Benchmark Papers. Edited by R. I. M. Dunbar, C.Gamble, and J. A. J. Gowlett. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Opie, K., and C. Power. 2008. "Grandmothering and female coalitions: a basis for matrilineal priority?," in Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction. Edited by N. J. Allen, H. Callan, R. I. M. Dunbar, and W. James, pp. 168-186. Oxford: Blackwell.
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