Dr. Jared Taglialatela, a research associate at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and new assistant professor of biology at Clayton State University, will appear in a new series, Evolve, on The History Channel.
The new History Channel Series will feature 13 episodes and will air summer 2008. Each episode will discuss features and behaviors and how each has evolved in modern animals. Taglialatela will be featured in an episode covering the evolution of communication.
Taglialatela was most recently a lead researcher on a study involving the use of positron emission tomography (PET) to monitor the brain activity of chimpanzees during communicative behavior with results indicating a close relationship to humans.
This study, co-authored by Taglialatela, was published in the journal, Current Biology in March 2008. It was partially presented at the “Mind of the Chimpanzee” conference in Chicago, in March 2007.
Earlier this year, he organized a workshop on ape communication that was held at the Seventh Evolution of Language Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. Taglialatela also provided introductory remarks at the workshop.
Taglialatela’s History Channel segment was filmed on Clayton State University campus on June 5. An air date for the episode featuring Taglialatela is still to be determined.
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