Animals in Our midst: how did pet-keeping evolve? Dr John Bradshaw
Room A30, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, LE12 5RD
The University of Nottingham and UFAW University Links programme are hosting Dr John Bradshaw for a free public lecture.
John Bradshaw from University of Bristol, and author of the Sunday Times best-sellers In Defence of Dogs and Cat Sense will speak about:
Today, roughly two-thirds of households include some kind of pet. This habit is no modern affectation, since our hunter-gatherer ancestors seem to have routinely adopted young animals from the wild and raised them alongside their own children. Thus pet-keeping seems to be a part of human nature, but it’s less clear why we did it then, and continue to enjoy doing so today. Is pet-keeping just a mistake, the relatively harmless misdirection of care that should by rights be reserved for our own offspring, or is it an evolved trait that gave our ancestors a crucial advantage at the dawn of agriculture?
Following Dr. Bradshaw’s talk, from 6:00-7:00 pm, there will be a brief reception (from 7:00-7:30 pm) with tea, coffee, juice and snacks. For those who don’t have a copy already, Dr. Bradshaw’s book will be available for purchase (from a stall by Blackwell Scientific publishing), and Dr. Bradshaw will be available to sign books and to speak with members of the audience.