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Human Evolution & Hunter-Gatherer Life

Human Evolution & Hunter-Gatherer Life

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  •  360 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT
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Dr Nikhil Chaudhary is a Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology and Human Behavioural Ecology at Cambridge University. Having studied managerial economics at LSE he wen... More Info »
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For more than 90% of our species’ evolutionary history we have 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 with BaYaka Pygmy hunter-gatherers intermittently over the last 6 years 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.

Venue: People's Park Tavern

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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

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