Special Public Talk by Prof Tim Clutton-Brock, Pretoria

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments by

“THE ORIGINS OF COOPERATION” is the title of a talk by Prof Clutton-Brock FRS Hon. FRSSAf on 10 March 2014 at 1800.
He is an internationally renowned Cambridge evolutionary ecologist interested in a wide range of animals. His work, which has involved long-term, individual-based studies of red deer on Rùm, Soay sheep on St Kilda, and southern Kalahari meerkats, has explored the structure of animal societies and their effects on ecological and evolutionary processes. He is one of the founders of the Kalahari Meerkat Project, some of the subjects of which are featured in the television programme Meerkat Manor. A Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, he is Director of Research in the Zoology Department at Cambridge. He also holds extraordinary professorships in the Department of Zoology and Entomology and the Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria. In 1987 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and he was awarded the Darwin Medal in 2012. In 1997 he won the Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London.

In his lecture, Professor Clutton-Brock will explain how the evolution of reproductive cooperation poses an important challenge for evolutionary biologists. He will explore the evolution of mutualistic and altruistic cooperation in vertebrates and its relevance to understanding the evolution of cooperation in hominids. He argues that mutualistic cooperation in non-human animals is widespread but seldom costly while altruistic cooperation is largely confined to close kin. In contrast, costly cooperation between non-kin is widespread in humans but may be a relatively recent development.

VENUE: SANLAM Auditorium, Main Campus, University of Pretoria. (The auditorium is Building 50, labeled ‘Conference centre’ on the Hatfield campus map


Enquiries: Professor Francis Thackeray: francis.thackeray@wits.ac.za or
Professor Jane Carruthers 082 824 7766: j.carruthers@mweb.co.za


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