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What Makes Us Human?

You’ll hear about the evolution of wisdom, the importance of “symbolic thinking,” and why societal examples of behavior are more important than individual examples of behavior when studying the fossil record. You’ll also hear how Marc Kissel’s work on Notre Dame’s “Evolution of Wisdom” project could help us better understand ourselves — and why it’s so hard to flesh out wisdom from the fossil record. You’ll learn about the evolutionary mystery of language and the tricks we use to try and put the puzzle together. You’ll also find out if teeth can tell us anything about signs of compassion and altruism amongst early humans.

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