Lectures and Special Events
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
February 16, 2017
Eating one’s own kind is a natural behavior found in thousands of species, including humans. In his new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, Museum Research Associate Bill Schutt explains new research about this widespread behavior, such as how the practice might be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals, why so many fish eat their young, and even when sexual cannibalism can be an evolutionary advantage.
Note: Award-winning artist Patricia J. Wynne will discuss her scientific illustrations featured in the book. A book signing will follow.
Bill Schutt is a professor of biology at LIU Post and a Research Associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, was selected as a Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal and Amazon, and was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. He received his PhD in zoology from Cornell University and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the AMNH. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. Schutt’s first novel, Hell’s Gate, debuted in 2016 and a sequel will be out in 2017.
"In Many Species, a Family Dinner Means Something Else", The New York Times
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