Cross-species behavioural ecology and socio-ecology


Comparing sociality and behavioural adaptations between humans and other Apes, allows us to understand how humans evolved some species defining characteristics such as cumulative culture. Inez Derek and Kat Koops, are comparing Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Gorillas and Hunter-gatherers living in the same forest in Congo Basin Forests to understand how species specific socioecologies shape socio-structure, cooperation and culture in these species. In Indonesia, with Caco Schupli we are looking at social learning and cultural variation in Suaq Orang-utans in comparison with hunter-gatherer children.

Department of Anthropology