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The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

A Royal Institution talk from Richard Wragham

Drawing on new research by geneticists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and archaeologists, Richard Wrangham will show that what domesticated our species was nothing less than the invention of capital punishment. But how could our low aggressiveness evolve from repeated acts of aggression? Wrangham solves this puzzle and in doing so, proposes a fascinating new theory for the origin of Homo sapiens.

About the speaker

Richard Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore professor of biological anthropology, Harvard University. He is the author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, and Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (with Dale Peterson). Professor Wrangham is a leader in primate behavioral ecology. He is the recipient of the Rivers Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy.


To book this event visit The Royal Institution event page. Royal Society of Biology members can get a 20% discount to attend. To get the discount code contact Ellie Oakley at or on 020 7685 2576.


If you have any event or booking queries please contact The Royal Institution at or on 020 7409 2992.

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