Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. He studies social status in small-scale human societies. His research investigates (1) how status is acquired over the life-course, (2) the reproductive and health consequences of status, (3) how men vs. women pursue status, and (4) the effects of socio-ecological change on status inequality. His empirical work focuses on the Tsimane forager-horticulturalists of Bolivia. Additional research foci of his includes the evolution of personality, father effects on child well-being, and leadership and its role in collective action in small-scale societies.
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Grandmother Fish is a child’s first book of evolution. The book engages a young child’s imagination with sounds and motions that imitate animals, especially our direct ancestors. It’s our story of where we came from, told so simply that a preschooler can follow it.
From an evolutionary viewpoint, Wilson argues, altruism is inextricably linked to the functional organization of groups. “Groups that work” undeniably exist in nature and human society, although special conditions are required for their evolution.