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Joseph Watts
Humans are a particularly odd ape. We live in colossal societies, worship supernatural beings and prune our body hair according to current fashions. Behind this oddity is our capacity for culture. As a researcher I am interested in how human culture evolves and the cognitive abilities that underlie this process.

I’m based at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. To see some of my recent research please check out my research highlights page.