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Living World Open Night: Evolution of Social Complexity in Chimpanzees and Baboons
Start Date: 11/20/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 11/20/2015

Event Description:

Speaker: Catherine Markham, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, SBU

Group living is pervasive in primates, with increasing social complexity characterizing human evolution. In this seminar, Catherine Markham will discuss how individuals compete within social groups, and how these interactions both influence and are influenced by competition between social groups. She will present research on two highly social primate species, baboons and chimpanzees, and relate empirical findings to existing theories of optimal group size, territoriality, and group stability. Drawing upon analyses of behavioral, ecological, and physiological datasets, she will suggest how the study of non-human primates presents an opportunity to understand the evolutionary origins and ecological basis of social complexity in our own species.
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001

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