Robin Dunbar MA PhD DSc(Hon) FRAI FBA is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Finnish Academy of Science & Letters and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans).

He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of manageable relationships).

His publications include 15 academic books and 550 journal articles and book chapters.

His popular science books include The Trouble With Science; Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language; The Science of Love and Betrayal; Human Evolution; Evolution: What Everyone Needs To Know; Friends: Understanding the Power of Our Most Important Relationships; and How Religion Evolved.

Past Short Courses

Why Only Humans Have Language
Thursday 12th January 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(London Time)

Why Only Humans Have Language

Professor Robin Dunbar

In this hour-long lecture, Prof. Robin Dunbar will examine why it is that language and speech, in the forms we have them, are unique to humans.