This post is an adapted version of a presentation given at ASHB2018 in early December 2018. This talk was an opportunity to discuss my current thinking around the interplay between different forms of human (particularly male) violence and human self-domestication--a process which implies selection for lower aggression and increased sociability. Since ASHB, Richard Wrangham has … Continue reading Self-domestication and male violence in human evolution.
I finally got a chance to finish this post about my recent article on Human Self-domestication in the 'American Journal of Physical Anthropology' The paper was written with my supervisor, Dr Geoff Kushnick. In it we explore one of three proposed evolutionary mechanisms behind the phenomenon of human self-domestication. Domestication syndrome involves a range of correlated changes … Continue reading Our article exploring human self-domestication via female choice
Last night, I attended a public forum jointly organised by the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society and the National Museum of Australia. The event was called 'Reflecting on Anthropocene Day - July 16: Where on Earth are we going?' The underlying theme was a proposal to institute a reflective 'Anthropocene Day' on July … Continue reading Reflecting on Anthropocene Day – July 16th: Nature’s agency and the post-Anthropocene
Dmitry Belyaev's famous fox experiments, conducted near Novosibirsk, Russia, are a foundational component of scientific research into domestication syndrome. In these experiments, a population of foxes taken from an existing farm (where they were being bred and slaughtered for the fur trade) were selected over multiple generations for tame behaviour. Part of the justification for … Continue reading Experimental foxes and human evolution towards cooperative sociability
So I've been slowly developing this blog in private mode over the past couple of months, but haven't yet written an actual post to go public with. I figure the acceptance of my presentation abstract for the Society for Human Ecology conference in Lisbon (July 7-10) is a reasonable way to kick things off. So here's the … Continue reading First post: My SHEXXIII conference abstract