Biological Anthropology Lecture with Dr Simon Underdown

An anthropologist shared interesting insights with Headington’s Academic Scholars for a special lecture.

The Academic Scholars enjoyed an inspiring lecture from Dr Simon Underdown, Reader in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Underdown linked with this year’s theme of Communication to explore ways in which humans have taken verbal and non-verbal communication into new dimensions in comparison with those used by other living primates and with extinct species in our evolutionary lineage. His own research in human evolution focuses on the co-evolution of humans and disease and how patterns of human-disease interaction in the past can be used to reconstruct human evolutionary patterns and processes.

He has undertaken fieldwork across the world including South America and the Middle East and has appeared on a large range of radio and television programmes discussing aspects of human evolution and the latest finds and developments in the subject.