Rutgers University : Center For Human Evolutionary Studies

Square chesOur mission at the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies is to promote and support innovative and broad ranging faculty and student research that is grounded in evolutionary theory and explores the past and present of what it means to be human. Your contribution will support research in paleoanthropology, archeology, non-human primate behavioral ecology, genetics, and modern behavior across the globe, from New Jersey to Kenya, from Iceland to Indonesia.

"It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing in the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved."

-- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

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