Lunch Break Science: Orangutan Cognition

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Lunch Break Science: Orangutan Cognition
Nov 25, 2020
12:00 am
Add to Calendar 2020-11-25 12:00 am 2020-11-25 12:00 am 1440 Lunch Break Science: Orangutan Cognition Brought to you by The Leakey Foundation + Gather

Lunch Break Science is The Leakey Foundation’s new online series. This series features short talks and interviews with Leakey Foundation grantees about the latest in human origins research. Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation. Every Thursday at 11 am PDT. This week, meet Leakey Foundation grantee Caroline Schuppli, an anthropologist from the University of Zurich, and learn about orangutan cognition. Schuppli is broadly interested in human evolution, especially in the role of the interplay of social- and environmental factors during cognitive evolution. Her work looks to better understand how different aspects of sociability and environmental complexity are interrelated with the evolution of enhanced cognition by comparing humans to our closest relatives the great apes, as well as by using broader comparative approaches across species.

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