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Title: "A rat in hand: an experimental animal model of domestication"
Speaker: Professor Nandini Singh, Dept of Anthropology, California State University, Sacramento
Dmitry Belyaev’s domestication experiments conducted on a number of species, most notably on silver foxes, have demonstrated that selecting for tame behaviors was the precursor to all genotypic and phenotypic traits associated with domestication. It has also been proposed that humans are a “self-domesticated” species. In...
Open to HEB Juniors and interested Freshman and Sophomores. Come and learn about the honors track in HEB, research opportunities, and hear from a few Seniors who are working on their theses about what...
Professor Christian Rutz, Harvard Radcliffe Fellow 2019-2020 & Professor of Biology, University of St. Andrews
Within a mere ~100,000 years, human technology has advanced from basic, hand-crafted hunting and subsistence tools, to truly mind-boggling feats of engineering, like super computers and space shuttles. This astonishing progress, towards ever-more complex and efficient designs, is driven by the gradual accumulation of innovations. Although often considered a uniquely human phenomenon, at least...
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Speaker: Dr. Fenna Krienen, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
The expansion of the neocortex in primates has led to the emergence of brain regions that have specialized functions and connectivity, are important for cognition, and are compromised in brain disorders. What are the genetic and cellular bases for the reorganization and increased capability of the neocortex in primates? I will share the results of work to understand the neocortex across multiple scales - from...
Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Speaker: Professor Andrea Migliano, Universitat Zurich
Contemporary hunter-gatherers provide a window into the ecological conditions for the emergence of humans’ unmatched cultural abilities. Andrea Migliano will discuss how the hunter-gatherers’ foraging...