The evolution of childhood

The evolution of childhood

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Why do humans have an uniquely long childhood compared to our primate relatives? Join anthropologist Dr Brenna Hasset to find out more

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Online Event: The evolution of childhood

Compared to the rest of our primate relatives, humans have a uniquely long childhood. From picking a mate to having a baby – and raising it to make more babies – what are the evolutionary pressures that made us this way? When did we choose pair-bonding, why is pregnancy so dangerous, how did we evolve dads, and what is so suspicious about grandmas? More importantly – what have we evolved to use all this extra childhood for?

Brenna Hassett , anthropologist and archaeologist, University College London

Dr Brenna Hassett is an anthropologist and archaeologist at University College London. Her research looks at the evidence for life in the past buried in the bones and teeth of our ancestors, and her work has taken her from the pyramids at Giza to the near-deserted Greek island of Antikythera.

She is the author of the Times ‘Top 10 Science Book’ Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death and founding member of TrowelBlazers, a project highlighting women’s contributions to the ‘digging’ sciences. Her new book Growing Up Human: the evolution of childhood is out July 2022.

What's included in your ticket:

  • Live lecture lasting 60 minutes including Q&A with Brenna Hassett
  • On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

Being Human (Series tickets available)

About the series: What makes us human? What skills and concepts do humans have that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom? And how did they emerge? The ‘Being human’ series from New Scientist will explore the beginnings of all the things that make us human, over the course of four virtual events. From Sverker Johansson’s work on the origin of language, to Anna Machin’s research into the origin of love, we’ll take a deep dive into all the things that make us, us.

Save 25% off the standard ticket price by purchasing a subscription to all 4 live online "Being Human" lectures (also available on-demand) or purchase single tickets for just £13 per lecture (early booking rate), to hear from the finest minds in science in 2022.

Booking information:

This online event will start at 18.00 BST/13:00 EST on Thursday 7th July 2022 and will last for approximately one hour. Access to a recording of the event will be exclusively available to ticket purchasers for the 12 months following the live event. The on-demand recording will be available to view within 24 hours of the live discussion.
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