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ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Secrets of Chimpanzee Society

Speaker(s): Dr. Liran Samuni

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Note: One night only! Register and watch this event live on March 2, 2022 at 4 pm Pacific and 7 pm Eastern. A replay of this program will not be available.

What can the private behavior of chimpanzee society teach us about human evolution and our own societal development?

Biologist Liran Samuni from Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology specializes in the study of underlying mechanisms of cooperation and intergroup relations in chimpanzees. In this lecture, she’ll explore some of the more fascinating aspects of group relationships in chimpanzees, from cooperation and conflict to group belonging, solidarity, and in-group support, providing a glimpse into how our own human behavior in societal systems might have occurred.

Dr. Samuni is the 2021 recipient of The Leakey Foundation’s Gordon P. Getty Grant Laureate. This prestigious award is given to an individual who shows extraordinary originality and dedication in their intellectual and professional pursuits while exemplifying a multidisciplinary approach to human origins research.

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This program is presented in partnership by The Leakey Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History. This event takes place at 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern.

Sponsored by:
The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Camilla and George Smith
The Joan and Arnold Travis Education Fund

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March 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Dr. Liran Samuni

Dr. Liran Samuni is a behavioral ecologist and primatologist and currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pan Lab, led by Dr. Martin Surbeck at the department of Human Evolutionary Biology in Harvard. Dr. Samuni is a Leakey Foundation grantee and the 2021 recipient of the Gordon Getty Grant. She completed my PhD in Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in 2019 and received my Masters in Zoology from the Tel-Aviv University in 2013. She studies the intersection between intergroup dynamics, cooperation, and social bonds in chimpanzees and bonobos, our closest living relatives, as windows into our past. She approaches these questions by observing wild chimpanzees at the Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire, and wild bonobos at the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, DR Congo.

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