Survival of the Friendliest: convergent evolution in dogs, bonobos and humans

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Talk abstract: Comparisons between chimpanzees and human infants suggest that humans develop cooperative communicative abilities that evolved since we shared a common ancestor.  I will share experiments that point to convergent evolution between dogs, bonobos and humans as a result of selection for prosociality.  This includes more human-like cooperative communicative skills in dogs and bonobos than those observed in wolves and chimpanzees.  I will then propose that selection for prosociality differentiated Homo sapiens from other human species during the Upper Paleolithic and allowed us to remain the last human standing.

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