Upcoming seminar: Camilla Power – The Revolutionary Sex

Speaker: Dr. Camilla Power (University of East London)

Title: The Revolutionary Sex: can sexual conflict theory help explain the emergence of language and culture?

Where: UCL (South Wing 9 Garwood LT)

When: 12th October, 18:00


Across species, sexual selection and sexual conflict – where the evolutionary interests of the sexes differ – provide the arena for the evolution of highly elaborate forms of signaling. Sexual conflict models, with complex psychological adaptations to situations of both conflict and cooperation between the sexes, can illuminate the evolution of the human symbolic domain of language, art and ritual.

Inside the last half- million years, significant encephalization in our African ancestors imposed heavy reproductive costs on females. Female coalitionary ritualized display emerged as a strategy to increase levels of male investment in very large-brained offspring.  Basically, we’re here today with our huge brains because women (and investor males) won the symbolic revolution at the expense of non-investing alpha males. The advantage of this model is that it offers specific predictions about the symbolic signals that arose and can still be traced in the archaeological and ethnographic records.


Abstracts needed for Science and Pizza night

We are organising a miniconference – with free pizza and free drinks! But we need volunteers for the talks!

So please send us your name and an abstract if you are interested (and you work on any thing evolutionary). We’d love to hear about your work, and the event would be a great opportunity for you to train your presentation skills in an informal setting.

 The event will be on the evening of the 20th July (6pm), at UCL. The programme and more information will be posted here.

Trip to the NHM in Tring this Saturday!

This year’s LERN summer outing to the Natural History Museum in Tring is this Saturday, the 9th of July. Entrance to the museum is free and everyone is welcome to join (bring family and friends!) – but please email us at londonevolution@gmail.com so we have an idea of how may people are coming.

We’re meeting in 10.45am at London Euston and taking the 11.04 am train to Tring.

We’ll be at the NHM in Tring at about 12:15, if you’d like to meet us there directly. We’ve arranged a short introduction to the museum at the start of our visit, then we’ll be free to explore it in our own time.

We’ll be going to a pub for lunch after visiting the museum (very likely the Robin Hood).

In other news, our Science and Pizza night is taking place soon (20th of July) – and we need abstracts! So if anyone is interested in giving a 15-minute talk, please email us!

Abstracts needed for Science and Pizza night!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for coming to last week’s seminar with Chris Jiggins. Great talk about introgression in butterfly genomes, and about genetic control of wing coloration.

Two very exciting events coming up!

First, our trip to the Natural History Museum in Tring, on Saturday the 9th of July. It will be a fun-filled day, with a bit of museum and a bit of pub. Please join us – families/partners/etc are welcome! Drop us an email (londonevolution@gmail.com), so we can send you the details of where we are meeting and of trains times. And so we can reserve a table at the pub for the right number of people.

Second, our Science and Pizza night, at 6pm on Wednesday the 20th of July. This will be a sort of informal mini-conference, with four 15-minute talks, and free pizza and drinks. Please email us your name and and abstract if you’d like to give a talk! (londonevolution@gmail.com).