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Professor Robin Dunbar

Professor Robin Dunbar

Evolutionary Anthropologist

Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology in the School of Anthropology, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. 


He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. He is co-Director of the British Academy’s Centenary Research Project ‘Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain’ , a multi-disciplinary project involving, in addition to the University of Oxford, research groups at Liverpool University, Royal Holloway (University of London), Southampton University, and the University of Kent.

His books include The Trouble with Science (1995), ‘an eloquent riposte to the anti-science lobby’ (Sunday Times), and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language. His most recent book, The Human Story (2004), was described as ‘fizzing with recent research and new theories’ in the Sunday Times and ‘punchy and provocative’ by the New Scientist.

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