Date of Thesis

Spring 2020


I write in an attempt to convey the way I perceive the world and my place in it. I am not separate from the natural world but, as a human, deeply part of it. I want my readers to feel how, as much as any other species, our history and existence are part of the Earth. Sometimes in the built environment, especially large cities, I lose my connection to my roots and to my own person. In writing, I reclaim that connection and hope to restore it for my audience. Every human behavior is either conditioned or evolutionary. Either we were taught to do something, or it was a genetic advantage at some point in our history. My work explores why we act the way we do, and how that makes us who we are. I can never hope to find the answer without first exploring who my ancestors were and where I came from.


Evolution, Domestication, Agriculture, Neanderthal

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts



Second Major

Animal Behavior

First Advisor

Robert Rosenberg