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For this episode, Alexandra Kralick (University of Pennsylvania) talks to us about her research looking at great ape skeletal growth and development, ideas about sex differences in humans and other primates, and the biological anthropology science communication work she does online.
What are the main differences between skeletons of the various great ape species (e.g., gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans)? What do we not yet know about the skeletal variation among the Hominidae taxon, and what role may mating systems and ape social grouping play in determining overall skeletal shape and size? What about when it comes to sex differences - is there anything we can learn from studies of primate hormonal levels? How does studying sex differences in orangutan skeletons inform upon our ideas about biological sex even in humans, and why shouldn't biological sex be viewed in a binary manner?
In celebration of the podcast's one-year anniversary, Michael also plays a fun bone-themed facts game with Alexandra. We also talk about the importance of science communication, and what else Alexandra has been doing online to share interesting knowledge with public audiences.
You can find more information in the show notes under the episode on our website.
If you have feedback or questions for Alex or want to follow her outreach online, you can find her on Twitter, as well as on TikTok @bioanthfunfacts. Her article in SAPIENS is excellent as well, entitled, "What Our Skeletons Say ABout the Sex Binary".
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