Megan Beardmore-Herd

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DPhil Student

St Cross College

Thesis: Vervet Vocal Repertoire in an Impacted Environment at Gorongosa National Park: Implications for the Evolution of Human Language

Main research interests: I am interested in the origin of human language and the ways in which the study of non-human primate communication can increase our understanding of this major development in human evolution. My research project is to study the vocal repertoire of vervet monkeys experiencing a shift in ecology at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. My work will shed light on the flexibility of vervet monkey alarm call production and perception, and primate vocal communication more broadly, which in turn will inform models of the origin and evolution of human language. My project is one of many being conducted within the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab in the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology here at the University of Oxford.

General research interests: Biological anthropology, human evolution, primatology, communication.