Bioscience

Near-extinct gorillas offer clues to family dynamics in humans

September 28, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: University of Arizona Communications] – “Deadbeat dad,” “father knows best,” “like father like son” – our culture has spun a host of colorful concepts around the father-child relationship, but do they hold up beyond our species?

University of Arizona researchers, along with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, will explore that question during an Oct. 2 event while sharing findings from 15 years of field observations. The event begins at 2 p.m. at McClelland Park.

The event is a special installment of the Frances McClelland Institute’s Turbeville Speaker Series and will include a banana split social – a nod, said event organizers, to the apes at the heart of the presentation – research demonstrations in the Norton School’s state-of-the-art laboratory and a tour of McClelland Park, one of the newest and most striking buildings on the UA campus.

For more information: Near-extinct Gorillas Offer Clues to Family Dynamics in Humans