The University of New Mexico's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology presents "Redefining Man: How Chimpanzees Have Shaped Our View of Human Nature" with Martin Muller, associate professor of Anthropology/Evolutionary Anthropology, UNM,  on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hibben Center.

As our closest living relatives, chimpanzees provide vital information about the changes that have taken place during the course of human evolution and the characteristics that make us uniquely human. Muller will review recent findings from his long-term chimpanzee research in Kibale National Park, Uganda, including studies of aggression and sex differences in behavior, and discuss their significance for our understanding of human behavior.

Muller earned his Ph.D in biological anthropology from the University of Southern California, and did postdoctoral work in the department of anthropology at Harvard University. He studies the physiology and behavior of chimpanzees, as well as human foragers and pastoralists, at sites in East Africa. He is co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, a long-term study of the behavior and ecology of chimpanzees in southwestern Uganda.

The Annual Ancestors Lecture presents cutting-edge research on the evolution, biology and variation of the human experience. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Hermans at (505) 277-1400 or