SciCafe: The Chimpanzee Within Us

Part of SciCafe

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Two chimpanzees play on a tree branch. Chimpanzees are members of the Hominidae family, along with gorillas, orangutans and humans.
Courtesy of Herestimbul/Wikimedia Commons
Why are humans the way we are?

One way to answer this question is to look to our closest cousins, the chimpanzees. Join Assistant Professor of Psychology and Anthropology Alexandra Rosati of the University of Michigan and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology Zarin Machanda of Tufts University as they examine the world of chimpanzees, including chimpanzee social lives, ecological context, and how they think and solve problems. By understanding what it means to be a chimpanzee, we can turn back the evolutionary clock to glimpse the origins of human cognition and behavior.

 

This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.

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