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Dr. Stuart K Watson

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Zürich

Studying humanity’s evolutionary origins through the lens of our animal cousins

What I Do

A comparative approach to understanding human evolution


What are the secrets of humanity’s success?

Every species is different, but humans stand out as especially unusual. Particularly unique and powerful abilities, such as language, have made us incredibly successful.

How exactly do those abilities differ from animals?

By studying the behaviour of animals, we can quantify the ways in which human behaviour is truly unique, and which ways we are still similar to other species.

What do those comparisons tell us about our own history?

This data allows us to shed light on when and why certain abilities evolved, as well as whether they built upon pre-existing capabilities we share with animals, or are totally novel.