Dr. Veronika Rybanska received her D.Phil from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2016. She is a developmental psychologist and anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork at multiple sites in the UK, Slovakia, and Vanuatu. Her work focuses on cognitive development, education, and issues of migration and integration. Her research on cross-cultural cognitive development has been published in high impact journals and she is currently working on developing of computational models and simulations of the cognitive mechanisms she has researched in the field.
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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.