Anthropologist publishes new book on human behavior

Author: Arts and Letters


University of Notre Dame anthropologist Agustin Fuentes examines how and why humans evolved behaviorally in a new book titled “Evolution of Human Behavior,” published by Oxford University Press.

Incorporating recent innovations in evolutionary theory with emerging perspectives from the current fossil record, ethnographic studies and genomic approaches, Fuentes’ book is the first text to synthesize and compare the major proposals for human behavior evolution from an anthropological perspective.

Examining basic assumptions about why humans behave as they do, the facts of human evolution, patterns of evolutionary change in global-temporal context, and the interconnected roles of cooperation and conflict in human history, Fuentes offers a holistic and integrated perspective on the evolution of human behavior.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2002, Fuentes is a professor of anthropology and director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts. His areas of specialty include biological anthropology, primatology, evolution of social organization and behavior, human-nonhuman primate interactions, disease and pathogen transfer, Southeast Asia, and Gibraltar.

Contact: Agustin Fuentes, 574-631-5421 or

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on November 12, 2008.