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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

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 humans.

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 (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "David Watts" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and 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 information on 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 ( and Kevin Hunt (

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