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What can corvid behaviour teach us about human history?

Friday 29 March, 18.29pm-18.45pm

With Liam Keeble

Corvids are a closely related family of birds which are renowned for their high levels of intelligence, yet live in vastly different social environments. This makes them a good animal model for understanding human evolution, as it allows scientists to isolate the evolutionary effects of different social environments, effects that may have acted upon the evolution of human behaviour. This presentation will outline a project which will use behavioural observations and experiments to understand and compare how social evolutionary pressures have affected the behaviours of two species of corvid, one highly social species and one non-social species.