Agustín Fuentes

Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
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Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is Professor and Chair  of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of  Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Agustín is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Agustín brings over two decades of training and research to his current projects on cooperation and community in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and interdisciplinary approaches to human nature(s). Agustín’s recent books include “Evolution of Human Behavior” (Oxford) and “Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature” (U of California). 


There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race, aggression, and sex really mean for …

Evolution of Human Behavior is the first text to synthesize and compare the major proposals for human behavioral evolution from an anthropological perspective. Ideal for courses in the evolution of human behavior, human evolutionary ecology, evolutionary psychology, and biological anthropology, this unique volume reviews a wide array of approaches--including human behavioral ecology, …

Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections shows the relevance of anthropological concepts to today's students and encourages critical thinking. Throughout the text and especially in its many “Connections” features, Agustin Fuentes links anthropological concepts and questions to students’ lives.

One of the top scholars in the field of biological anthropology, Agustin …

Written by a professor who has spent eleven years teaching and practicing biological anthropology and who takes care to relate its significance to everyday life, this new text focuses on central contemporary issues: genetics and genomics, "natural" behavior, evolution, and human variation. The book tells the story of biological anthropology and evolutionary theory, our bio-history, in a way that …

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Busting myths of human nature

Busting myths of human nature

Think that men and women are totally different? Think again. Why our assumptions about race, gender and aggression are wrong — and dangerous.Read on »