Richard Wrangham has been at the forefront of primatology since his days as a graduate student with Jane Goodall and Robert Hinde.

He’s long been one of the leading experts on evolution and violence – and in this talk in our series, he looks at how countering violence helped in the construction of the Human Niche.

Questions arising from the talk will be dealt with in a subsequent blog post.

Please note: We had a technical glitch and therefore we missed the first few seconds of the lecture.

About Richard Wrangham

Richard Wrangham is a Research Professor at Harvard University, where he taught from 1989 to 2020. His major interests are chimpanzee and human evolutionary ecology, the evolutionary dynamics of violence and self-domestication, and ape conservation. Since 1987 he has studied wild chimpanzee behavior in Kibale National Park, Uganda. His latest book is The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution (2019).


The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic.