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Mummified Baboons and the Biology of Apotheosis

Mummified Baboons and the Biology of Apotheosis

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wenner Gren Foundation

Presented By

Anthropology Section


The Holocene fossil record of Egypt is devoid of baboons, and yet baboons of a distinctive species (Papio hamadryas) were elevated into the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods. The deification of baboons is practically unique in Africa, and this talk will focus on the underlying ecology of baboons to explain why, and from where, baboons were imported, revered, and mummified in Ancient Egypt.

There will be a dinner at 6PM: free for students; $20 for others.
The lecture will begin at 7PM.

Pre-registration is required to attend the lecture.


Nathaniel J. Dominy

Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Nathaniel J. Dominy is Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College. He has a BA in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University (1998) and a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Hong Kong (2001). His research is focused on the detection, acquisition, and assimilation of food resources by humans and nonhuman primates. Most of his research concerning primate functional ecology is based in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. Professor Dominy is widely published and an elected fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Royal Geographic Society, Linnean Society, and Explorers Club.

Travel & Lodging

Meeting Location

The Wenner-Gren Foundation

470 Park Avenue South, between 31st and 32nd Streets
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016