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Mama's Last Hug: Animal & Human Emotions

May 15, 2020 | 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Fermilab | S. Kirk Rd. at Pine St. | Batavia, IL 60510 | 630.840.3000

May 15, 2020
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Fermilab
S. Kirk Rd. at Pine St.
Batavia, IL 60510
630.840.3000


When Mama, the alpha female of a famous chimpanzee colony on a forested island at Burgers’ Zoo, the Netherlands died at the age of 59, her final hug with Professor Jan van Hooff went viral on the Internet. Dr. Frans de Waal will discuss their encounter in his lecture on Friday, May 15 at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium.

Dr. de Waal explores evidence for animal emotions, starting with primate facial expressions. These expressions are sometimes described as grimaces — misled by the apes in Hollywood movies, who are trained to pull weird faces — but primates have an incredible variety of expressions that are as meaningful to them as our own expressions are to us. They laugh when tickled, pout when disappointed, and stare with a frown when angry. Charles Darwin concluded long ago that if apes use expressions similar to ours under similar circumstances, the underlying emotions are probably similar, too.


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