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[Evolution_RU] Journal Club in Evolution on Cook(ing) Campus: October 21: The evolution of cooking

Lena Struwe struwe at
Mon Oct 17 21:27:48 EDT 2011

*Journal Club in Evolution *(aka Advanced Evolution 16:215:550) 
*continues Friday October 21th in room 262 in Foran Hall at 10:55-12:15. 
*All are welcome to attend any of our weekly Friday meetings, at the 
same time and in the same room for this semester.

This journal club is open to all students and faculty interested in 
organismal evolution at any level (individual to phyla, genes to 
morphology) and is arranged by Lena Struwe and Siobain Duffy. To get all 
journal club announcements and other evolution-related information 
campus-wide, sign up for the Mailing list in Evolution at 

I (Lena Struwe) will lead a discussion on the *evolution of cooking, and 
how it might have affected both human morphology and social behavior.*  
The last chapter in the book Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham discusses 
how cooking relates to decreased aggressive behaviors and more 
cooperation within honomid populations, for example. Interesting 
subject, and maybe something we all can relate to since we all need to 
eat.  I'll bring some edibles too.

We will discuss two chapters in Richard Wrangham's book "Catching Fire: 
How Cooking Made us human" (Amazon link: ), 
the introduction and the last chapter, the Cook's journey.  The chapters 
can be downloaded here (sorry, simple pdfs, nothing fancy): 
(this chapter has been discussed before in journal club, and are given 
as an intro for those that missed that discussion) 

There is a good introduction to Richard Wrangham's rather controversial 
ideas here: Scientific American, Cooking Up Bigger Brains 

After Journal Club some of us usually go out for Evo Lunch.  If you 
can't be there for journal club but want to join in around 12.30 in for 
some cooked food and evolutionary within-species company, send me an 

See many of you on Friday!

Dr. Lena Struwe | Associate Professor&  Director, Chrysler Herbarium | Rutgers University | Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources | Dept of Plant Biology and Pathology | 237 Foran Hall | 59 Dudley Road | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | USA | struwe at | phone (732) 932-9711 x235 | fax (732) 932-9441 |

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