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Comparative Cognition

In 1871 Darwin famously wrote that, in his opinion, there was no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. In the past decades this claim has driven much empirical investigation and, by and large, the evidence supports Darwin’s hypothesis. One mental faculty, however, has been particularly difficult to study empirically with little progress being made until recently: the faculty of language. A primary focus of our research efforts is to explore and understand the biological origins of the different mechanisms required for language and culture. To this end, we mainly study non-human primates in their natural habitats.
 

Chimpanzés de Budongo
© Florian Moellers

 

Studentships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

 

We welcome applications from qualified students for PhD and Postdoc positions in our group under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships scheme.
Please only apply if you have the relevant academic background
and credentials, i.e. a BSc or MSc in Biology / Anthropology / Psychology with relevant research experience in animal or human behaviour.

 

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News

 

Bilogy17
the annual Swiss conference on ecology, evolution, systematics and conservation

 

Biology:
Voyage en Afrique du Sud
Impressions

 

Good news:
Leakey Foundation
Research Grant
awarded to

Corinne Ackermann

 

New: Tai Monkey Project website

 

New Scientist:
Bonobos know when others are being treated unfairly - and react

 

L'énigme de l’orang-outan qui s'esclaffe, LE TEMPS 

 

Bonobo news:

Podcast on Radio RTS.ch

 

La communication chez
les bonobos
, RJB.ch
 

Le rire est-il propre
de l'homme ?
Avisdexperts.ch

 

Prof Robert Seyfarth
Origins of Language

 

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Budongo web page

 

Monkey See, Monkey Speak
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