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The Grandmother Theory and Human Evolution

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Learn about the benefits of grandmothers on a societal and cultural level with evolutionary anthropologist Dr. Kristen Hawkes.

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Science has spoken: Grandmothers contribute to our big brains, obsession with reputations, and the cultural construction of our daily lives. Evolutionary anthropologist Dr. Kristen Hawkes will share her research that shows that grandmothers are not only vital to child rearing and cooperation, but also to forming interdependent economies. Hawkes uses insights into our ancestors’ behavior revealed by her work with modern hunter-gatherer groups, such as the Hadza people of Tanzania who live primarily by hunting and harvesting wild foods.

Dr. Kristen Hawkes studies age and sex differences in behavior using comparisons between people, other primates, and our fossil ancestors to develop and test hypotheses about the evolution of human life histories and social behavior. Hawkes has pursued ethnographic fieldwork with hunter-gatherer groups in highland New Guinea, Amazonia and Africa. A professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, Hawkes is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Scientific Executive Committee of The Leakey Foundation.

This event is co-sponsored by The Leakey Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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