STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
Living World Open Night
Social Complexity in Chimpanzees and Baboons
Dr. Catherine Markham
ESS 001; 7:30 P.M.
Group living is
pervasive in primates, with increasing social
complexity characterizing human evolution.
In this seminar, Dr. Catherine Markham
will discuss how
individuals compete within social groups, and
how these interactions both influence and are
influenced by competition between social
groups. Specifically, she will present
research on two highly social primate species -
baboons and chimpanzees - and relate empirical
findings to existing theories of optimal group
size, territoriality, and group stability.
Drawing upon analyses of behavioral, ecological,
and physiological datasets, Dr. Markham
will suggest how the study of non-human primates
presents an opportunity to understand the
evolutionary origins and ecological basis of
social complexity in our own species.
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