Monkey business: what primates may tell us about ourselves? – 29th March 2010

A photograph of a baby capuchin monkey

What makes us human? How unique are we compared to our closest evolution relatives?

This discussion looked at some of these primate species and what they may (or may not) show us about ourselves. It asked the audience to consider what makes us human, and to perhaps question some of their own presumptions?

Many of you joined us at Chambers Coffee House and Restaurant  at 7pm on Monday 29th March for an informal discussion about science, over coffee. In March it was the turn of Scott Hardie, was discussing the ‘Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre’ at Edinburgh Zoo – a unique facility that has squirrel and capuchin monkeys living and learning together.

Scott’s talk embodied the spirit of  Cafe Science with lots of audience particiaption and a lively discussion. You can view the videos of his talk on our YouTube channel or you can view the first clip below.

New Cafe Science Programme available

Cafe Science Dundee and Cafe Science Extra are pleased to announce the topics and speakers for our brand spanking new third season!

You can download the full programme here. We are really proud of the range of topics that will be covered and the excellent speakers that you will get to meet at our events. We hope to see you at an event soon!