How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?

From a genomic perspective, humans are nothing more than one kind of “Great Ape.” How are we similar or different? Panelists explore distinctly human features, ranging from genetic to cognitive to physiological to behavioral to biomedical--while also considering implications for explaining human origins.

On October 23, 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) held an event in San Diego, CA on the topic of "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

Ajit Varki, Pascal Gagneux, Fred Gage, and Margaret Schoeninger discussed different aspects of what makes us "human," following an introduction by Gordon Gill.


Welcome

Gordon N. Gill welcomes everyone to the 2060th Stated Meeting on "How are Human Different from Other Great Apes?"

Introduction

Ajit Varki provides an overview preceding the discussion on "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

 

Genetics & Brain Development

Fred H. Gage discusses genetics and brain development during an event that asked: "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

Genomics, Life History, & Reproduction

Pascal Gagneux discusses genomics, life history, and reproduction during an event that asked: "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

 

Anatomy & Behavior

Margaret J. Schoeninger discusses anatomy and behavior during an event that asked: "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

Common Disease Profiles

Ajit Varki discusses common disease profiles during an event that asked: "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"

 

Question & Answer Session