Department of Anthropology
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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2014-2017)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UCL (2013-2014)
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 kinship and marriage among Bantu cultures
in sub-Saharan Africa on the other.
Opie C, Atkinson QD, Dunbar RIM, & Shultz S (2014). Reply to Lukas and Clutton-Brock: Infanticide still drives primate monogamy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(17):E1675.
Opie C, Atkinson QD, Dunbar RIM, & Shultz S (2013) Reply to Dixson: Infanticide triggers primate monogamy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(51):E4938-E4938
Opie C, Atkinson QD, Dunbar RIM, & Shultz S (2013) Male infanticide leads to social monogamy in primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(33):13328-13332.
Opie, C., Q. D. 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(7372), 219-222.
Shultz, S., C. Opie, E. Nelson, Q. D. Atkinson, and R. I. M. Dunbar. (2014). "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. & C. Power. (2008). Grandmothering and Female Coalitions: A Basis for Matrilineal Priority? In Allen, N.J., Callan, H., Dunbar, R. & James, W. (eds). Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
Opie (2013). Why mammals prefer to have just one partner. The Conversation.
K. Opie (2014). Is monogamy natural for humans? Anthropolitan 10
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