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Science Cafe: Why be nice? Cooperation among wild chimpanzees

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Science Talks
May. 30, 2013 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Discussion begins at 7pm followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

a pair of chimpanzeesMale chimpanzees compete intensely with each other over food, status and females. However, they also form coalitions, hunt in groups, share food and jointly defend their territory against neighboring chimpanzee communities. How do they achieve this balance between competition and cooperation? Why cooperate if Natural Selection favors those who act in their own self-interest? Join us for a discussion of these and other fascinating topics with Ian Gilby, chimpanzee expert and co-director of the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke University.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Ian Gilby is a specialist in wild chimpanzee behavior. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, studying male chimpanzee cooperation at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. After conducting post-doctoral research at Harvard University, he is now the co-director of the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke University, where he uses more than 50 years of data from Gombe to study the behavior of our closest living genetic relative.

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