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Funzing Talks| Homo Sapiens: Our Evolution & Ancestors

Glassboat Brasserie
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Tickets & info: http://bit.ly/2pLy1aU
Venue: Glassboat Brasserie, Broad Mead
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm

For more than 90% of our species’ evolutionary history we lived as hunter-gatherers. Whilst such tribal populations are often caricatured as uncivilised violent nymphomaniacs, this could not be further from the truth.

In this talk I will outline how our ancestors lived, detailing their daily routine, social and love lives and religious/political beliefs. I will draw on my experiences of living in the rainforest for eight months with BaYaka Pygmy hunter-gatherers to demonstrate just how egalitarian and collectivist these societies are, and how much we can learn from them.

I will also outline how important the shift towards a hunting and gathering lifestyle was in our evolution. This way of life lay the foundation for the evolution of so many human qualities including our big brains, cultural diversity, prosocial nature and technological progress. How did a shift in diet set us on a trajectory towards colonisation of the entire planet whilst our frugivorous closest living relatives the chimpanzees and bonobos remain on various endangered species lists? And how did the Neolithic movement away from hunting and gathering towards agriculture and industrialisation change the course of our evolution and lead to the generation of hierarchies and waging of wars.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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