Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group
The Department can boast one of the most energetic and wide-ranging programs of research into evolutionary anthropology in the UK. Members of the Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group (EARG) carry out work on topics as diverse as the origins and prehistoric dispersals of human species and populations; the comparative analysis of primate social structures, physical traits and behaviours; the evolution of the brain and cognitive faculties; and the transmission of culture through social learning. A defining feature of the EARG's identity is that we combine eclecticism with a strong collaborative ethos, encouraging members to share insights into theoretical and/or methodological problems that often turn out to have much more in common than they at first appear to. In this spirit, we are individually and jointly pursuing a number of projects that seek to answer several important, long-standing questions in evolutionary anthropology, as well opening new fields of inquiry into areas that overlap substantially with disciplines such as psychology, archaeology and conservation biology.
Contact Prof. Robert Barton for information about the group's activities, interests and postgraduate opportunities.
MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology
In addition to our research postgraduate opportunities (see above), the EARG is responsible for a taught Master's of Science programme in Evolutionary Anthropology. For information on the course and access to the on-line application facility, see Evolutionary Anthropology MSc page
Research Opportunities for Postgraduates
The EARG invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to carry out research on a number of projects (follow the link below). We also welcome proposals to carry out work on issues relevant to EARG staff interests, which include:
- Primate evolution & behaviour
- Human behaviour & evolutionary psychology
- Conservation & genetics
- Cultural evolution