All things anthropogeny
Established in 2008 by co-founders Ajit Varki, Margaret Schoeninger and Fred Gage, the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) promotes transdisciplinary research in the study of human origins.
Anthropogeny is not a synonym for human evolution, but rather encompasses investigation of all factors involved in human origins, including climate, cultural, geographic, social and ecological. The word was popularized by the noted German zoologist Ernst Haeckel.
Not surprisingly, it’s a rich and diverse topic of conversation. Consider CARTA’s regular symposia, which have produced more than 150 scholarly presentations on subjects ranging from language and the biology of altruism to the evolution of nutrition and whether the human mind is unique. Future symposia will discuss child-rearing in human evolution and the role of male aggression and violence.
All CARTA symposia are recorded by UCSD-TV and archived on multiple sites: CARTA, UCSD-TV, iTunes and YouTube.
Recently, the number of online hits of CARTA videos topped 10 million in just four years – a big number in a blink of geologic time.