Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
Phone: +49 341 3550 327
E-mail: ilaria_pretelli@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
From my background in Evolutionary Biology, I developed a lively curiosity for ultimate causal questions. In particular, I am interested in the evolution of human traits concerning life history, sociality and behavior more in general.
My PhD project stems from the general theme of the evolution of human childhood and tries to address the problem looking at foraging behavior in human populations. Is the long time humans spend as children useful for their future fitness? When and how do they learn some of the information relevant to their successful development? Which is the relative contribution each individual gives to their own growth? I am looking for the answers to these and other questions by observing children foraging in the island of Pemba, offshore Tanzania.