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The Evolutionary Origins of Friendship: A Cross-Species Comparison and Experimental Approach

Project description

Understanding friendship in humans and other primates

Friendship plays a vital role in our well-being, helping us to stay healthy and live longer. Friendship may be an evolutionary strategy to surviving in large groups. However, the evolutionary origins and function of friendship in humans and other primates remains unclear. The EU-funded FriendOrigins project will conduct research on non-human primates to gain insights into friendship’s origins. To that end, it will create an unparalleled cross-species dataset on macaque monkeys, one of the best-known taxa of group-living primates. The environmental forces driving variation in friendly relationships will be tested to identify causes and consequences of friendly relationships in an evolutionary context. The project's findings will shed light on the function and expression of friendly relationships in some of our closest living primate relatives.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 999 716

Beneficiaries (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 999 716
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments