The Evolution of Behavior:
What studying chimps and other primates can tell us about their
behavior and ours
Undergraduate discussion lunch with
Anthropologist David Watts of Yale University
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Hutton Honors College Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below
What do chimps and humans have in common-or not? The capacity to
make tools? The use of organized violence? The determination of males
to protect and find females? The relationship between a male's immune
system and his aggression? The ability to solve problems?
David Watts, professor of anthropology at Yale
University, researches the behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates.
He has done fieldwork in Panama, Rwanda, and Uganda with capuchin
monkeys, mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees. His collaboration with Dr.
Jeremiah Lwanga and Dr. John Mitani studying chimpanzees at Ngogo in
Uganda's Kibale National Park has advanced understanding of the behavior
and ecology of wild chimpanzees, including the complex male social
relationships, variation in diets and community size, hunting and meat
sharing, and aggression between chimpanzee communities. Join us for an
informal undergraduate lunch to learn more about Watts' research and
what his findings tell us about primates in the wild, as well as about
For more on Watts and his research, check on these sites:
SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this
undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are
available for the entire event. Then, e-mail Anna Duquaine
(email@example.com), indicating you wish to sign up for the "David
Watts" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school,
field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail
if a space was available when you replied.
Watts is the second of seven primatologists who will be
visiting campus this fall to deliver public lectures on primate behavior
as part of themester programming on Good Behavior, Bad Behavior:
Molecules to Morality. His public lecture is scheduled for Tuesday,
Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m., in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall
on "Hunting, Territoriality and Violence in Chimpanzees." For more
the lecture series, which is co-sponsored by the Center for the
Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, go here.
Please direct any questions about the series to its organizers,
anthropology Professors Michael Muehlenbein (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kevin