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Fatherhood: From Molecules to Society
(90-minute webinar)

Evolutionary anthropology has a long history of contributing to our understanding of how humans establish and maintain relationships, a central area of research in the study of human evolution. Social relationships have a positive effect on health, survival, and reproduction. Of particular importance in understanding the evolution of parenting relationships is to understand male paternal care (i.e. fatherhood). We find fascinating examples of fatherhood in titis and owl monkeys of South America where we see a commitment of males to the care of infants that is unparalleled by any other mammal, sometimes helping even more than the mother. Why is this? What does it mean? These species offer us a "two care-givers" model to explore the potential role of parenting strategies in the evolution of human and nonhuman primate societies. They can help us identify behaviors that facilitate the development of strong, healthy bonds between fathers and young.

Apr 20, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eduardo Fernandez-Duque
Professor of Anthropology @Yale University
Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology and the School of the Environment at Yale University. He is a co-founder of Fundación ECO, a not-for-profit organization promoting education in northern Argentina, a corresponding member of the Argentine Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), a National Geographic Explorer and an Invited Professor of the Universidad Nacional de Formosa of Argentina and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito of Ecuador. Born in Argentina, Dr. Fernandez-Duque completed his first degree in biology at the University of Buenos Aires before receiving his PhD in animal behavior at the University of California, Davis. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Zoological Society of San Diego and a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.