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The Grandmother Hypothesis

February 12th, 2015

Episode 71 of 215 episodes

Could you possibly imagine that the rise of Human Beings as a dominant species could be laid at the feet of our grandmothers? The Grandmother Hypothesis is an anthropological theory suggesting that civilisation, family bonding, communication, long life and the development of empathy might all be due to the role of older, non childbearing women in the earliest groups of human beings! It's a fascinating idea and came about by observing the behaviour of tribal grandmothers interacting with their grandchildren while searching for food in Africa.

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