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The story of how we grow up is actually pretty weird. Biological anthropologist Brenna Hassett talks to Julia Wheeler about how we diverged from other primates to develop one of humanity’s most striking adaptations: our unreasonably long childhood. Discover how a series of adaptations, from boring genitals to monogamy to fat babies, have made us the species that we are today — and why we thought it was a good idea to evolve to be forever young.


Books from the speakers in this event

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Growing Up Human: The Evolution of Childhood


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Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre

Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.

The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.

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