How and why do animals use tools? What does the use of sticks and stones by other animals tell us about the evolution of our own complex technological world, and the world of our ancestors the hominins? How can we learn more about the origins and development of tool use across a variety of bird and mammal species? To address these questions and more, the PRIMARCH team have invited an international group of research scientists to Oxford to discuss their latest findings in a public forum.

Conference title: The evolution of tool use: animal and human perspectives

Date: Monday, 3 August 2015

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford

Confirmed speakers, and the general topic they will be discussing, are:

  • Tiago Falótico (capuchins)
  • Thibaud Gruber (chimpanzees)
  • Michael Gumert (macaques)
  • Sonia Harmand (hominins)
  • Alex Kacelnik (crows)
  • Tracy Kivell (hominins)
  • Lydia Luncz (chimpanzees)
  • Janet Mann (dolphins)
  • Ellen Meulman (orangutans)
  • Shelby Putt (hominins)
  • Tim Tinker (sea otters)

This event is open to the public. Registration is necessary to attend, and costs £12 (including lunch). To register and for details of how to get to the Oxford Museum of Natural History, please go to For further information contact Dr Michael Haslam: