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Christopher Opie

  • DPhil
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  • University College London
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Research interests

Evolution of social systems

About

My interests are in the evolution of social behaviour in human and non-human primates. I use Bayesian phylogenetic methods developed in evolutionary biology to explore the evolution of social systems, mating systems, marriage and kinship and investigate the causes of changes in those traits. My work has focused on the evolution of social organisation and the causes of the emergence of monogamy in primates on the one hand, and the causes of the evolution of kinship and marriage among Bantu cultures in sub-Saharan Africa on the other.

Co-authors (6)

Publications (5)

  • Postcopulatory sexual selection influences baculum evolution in primates and carnivores

    • Brindle M
    • Opie C
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  • Evolution of primate social systems: implications for hominin social evolution

    • Shultz S O
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  • Phylogenetic reconstruction of Bantu kinship challenges Main Sequence Theory of human social evolution.

    • Opie C
    • Shultz S
    • Atkinson Q
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  • Reply to Lukas and Clutton-Brock: Infanticide still drives primate monogamy

    • Opie C
    • Atkinson Q
    • Dunbar R
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  • Reply to Dixson: Infanticide triggers primate monogamy

    • Opie C
    • Atkinson Q
    • Dunbar R
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Professional experience

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

University College London

September 2014 - Present

Education

DPhil Anthropology

University of Oxford

October 2008 - December 2012(4 years)