Grandmothering in Human Evolution
CARTA Member, Distinguished Prof. Kristen Hawkes (University of Utah), and collaborators have long championed the role of post-menopausal women in shaping biocultural practices and even our own species. Aspects of this work have been shared by Prof. Hawkes in a number of CARTA symposia before (five in total) and most recently on Oct. 24, 2020, as, "Ancient Grandmothers, African Savannas," during CARTA's online public symposium, "Comparative Anthropogeny: Exploring the Human-Ape Paradox." This work has just been profiled in Smithsonian Magazine: "How Much Did Grandmothering Influence Human Evolution?" (Landau, E. 04 Jan. 2021).
If you are already looking ahead to Spring 2021's online public symposium, "The Evolution of Human Physical Activity" (or were disappointed in the symposium's postponement last year), you will note that the work of upcoming CARTA speaker, Prof. Grazyna Jasienska, (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland) is also mentioned within the Smithsonian Mag article. Be sure to join CARTA online on Friday, May 14, 2021, as Prof. Jasienska presents, "Physical Activity and Women's Reproductive Health"!