Domestication and Human Evolution
The domestication of other species has played an undeniably central role in the evolution of modern humans, and in our planetary dominance and success. In view of this fact, researchers have over the years investigated the genetic underpinnings and the anatomical, neural, physiological and behavioral consequences of domestication across a number of animal species – but largely independently of each other. Recently, a convergence of views has led to the notion that the study of animal domestication may tell us something not only about our relationship with domesticated species since perhaps at least the Pleistocene, but also about our own evolution as a species in the more distant past. Specifically, it has been suggested that a number of the unique anatomical, neural, developmental, social, cognitive and communicative traits that define our species may be attributable to selection for lack of aggression and to a process of self-domestication. This symposium brings together researchers from a variety of research backgrounds to examine these concepts and to elucidate further the possible role of domestication in human evolution.
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|Fri 10/10||The Transformation of Wolf to Dog: History, Traits, and Genetics||Robert Wayne|
|Fri 10/10||Fox Domestication and Genetics of Complex Behaviors||Anna Kukekova|
|Fri 10/10||Craniofacial Feminization in Canine and Human Evolution||Robert Franciscus|
|Fri 10/10||The Domesticated Brain||Terrence Deacon|
|Fri 10/10||Neotenous Gene Expression in the Developing Human Brain||Philipp Khaitovich|
|Fri 10/10||The Domestication Syndrome and Neural Crest Cells: A Unifying Hypothesis||Tecumseh Fitch|
|Fri 10/10||Domestication and Vocal Behavior in Finches||Kazuo Okanoya|
|Fri 10/10||Did Homo Sapiens Self-Domesticate?||Richard Wrangham|