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Next Week in EvoS: Leslie Aiello on the Origins of the Genus Homo

The EvoS seminar series continues on Monday, October 17, 2011, at 5:00 PM in AA-G008 when Leslie C. Aiello will give a talk on The Origins of the Genus Homo. Leslie is the president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Here are some details on her research interests:

Leslie is an evolutionary anthropologist with special interests in the evolution of human adaptation as well as in broader issues of evolutionary theory, life history and the evolution of the brain, diet, language and cognition.

Her most recent work has been on thermoregulation and climate adaptation in Palaeolithic hominins while earlier work focused on the relationship between energetics and evolution of locomotion, diet, and brain growth and maintenance.

In collaboration with Peter Wheeler, she developed the Expensive Tissue Hypothesis which posited an inverse relationship between brain size and gut size mediated through the adoption of a high quality animal-based diet. This work also provided the basis for a series of papers focusing on the relationship between energetics, growth and development and the evolution of cooperation in hominin evolution as well as on the evolution of the biological basis for human speech. Throughout her career in anthropology she has relied on the development and use of large palaeoclimate, archaeological, palaeontological, energetic, and skeletal databases without which much of her research would not have been possible.

In addition to the EvoS seminar, Leslie will also host a Q&A session on applying for grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The Q&A will take place from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in S1-144.

Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 in Events/News by EvoS.


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