SFI Community Lecture: Social Animals and How Evolution Shapes Human Social Behavior

Tuesday April 16, 2019

211 W San Francisco
Santa Fe, NM 87501
US

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Cost:

FREE

Contact:

Jenna Marshall

Phone: 505.946.2798
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Why do some societies enforce monogamousmarriage, while the majority allow polygyny? Why does inheritance flow from a man to his wife's children in some cases, and from a man to his sister's sons in others? And is this variation linked to variation in the degree of social complexity?

Biologists and social scientists rely on comparison to other species, and across human societies, to make sense of our species' social behavior. In this talk, evolutionary anthropologist Laura Fortunato discusses the opportunities and challenges that arise in doing so, drawing on her work on variation in human family systems. Laura Fortunato is Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her research aims to understand the evolution of human behavior, working at the interface of biology and anthropology.