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Dr Christopher Opie

BA, MSc, DPhil

  • BS8 1UU


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Research interests

My research interests are in the evolution of social systems in humans and other primates. I use Bayesian phylogenetic methods to explore the evolution of social and mating systems, marriage and kinship and investigate the causes of changes in those traits. My work has focused on the evolution of sociality and the causes for the emergence of monogamy in primates and the drivers of change in human kinship and marriage patterns. I am currently investigating the evolution of sociality in primates and the origins of lethal violence in humans. I am now starting a major project looking at how changes in information technology, such as writing, printing and computer technology, impact cooperation in human societies.

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Research Output

  • 8 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Chapter in a book

CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics Database

Roberts, S. G., Sheard, C., Opie, C., Passmore, S., Jordan, F. & al., E., 16 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Language Evolution. 5, 1, lzaa001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Monogamy and infanticide in complex societies

    Opie, C., 15 Feb 2019, Dunbar's Number. Shankland, D. (ed.). London: Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 45. p. 59-74 15 p. (RAI Occasional Publication; no. 45).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Postcopulatory sexual selection influences baculum evolution in primates and carnivores

    Brindle, M. & Opie, C., 14 Dec 2016, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283, 1844, 7 p., 20161736.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    238 Downloads (Pure)