Few species communicate in a way remotely as complex as humans. Gelada monkeys are an exception. Geladas ‘talk’ to each other with complex sequences of sounds, but the function of these melodies is a mystery.
I will be studying the remains of individuals executed in Nubia during Roman times, using methods not known 100 years ago when they were orignally excavated. This is a part of a larger project studying mass fatality events.
We’ll gather DNA from village dogs in remote parts of Africa, uncovering ancient genes that have disappeared from bred dogs. These genes will help study dog and human genetic diseases and unravel the history of dog domestication
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