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CSUB Talk on evolution
  November 1, 2006
CONTACT:
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, jloveless@csub.edu

The California State University, Bakersfield anthropology club will present guest speaker Robert Boyd, anthropology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Dezember Leadership Center, room 401. Boyd will be developing the topic, "Culture as an Evolutionary Phenomenon."

Boyd believes humans are an evolutionary anomaly. "We are the product of evolution, but at the same time we are radically different from the ordinary run of beasts," he said, "We have a wider range than other species, are much more variable, and much more cooperative."

Boyd will discuss culture in the framework of Darwinian evolution. "This approach allows us to understand why culture has caused humans to be such an evolutionary success and why our behavior is so different from other creatures," Boyd said.

For more information on the CSUB anthropology club, please contact Karen Stocker, club advisor at (661) 654-6875 or kstocker@csub.edu.

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