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Dean Falk
Florida State University

Dean Falk is the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology and a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she teaches and does research. Having trained as a phys-ical anthropologist, Falk is interested in the evolution of the brain and the emergence of human cogni-tive abilities that led to language, music, analytical thinking, and warfare. She has directed collabora-tive research on the brains (or traces of them imprinted in fossilized skulls) of nonhuman primates, prehistoric human relatives, and recent humans including Homo floresiensis (aka “Hobbit”) and Albert Einstein. In addition to numerous scientific and popular articles, Falk has written books including Braindance: Revised and Expanded Edition (2004), Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language (2009), The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution (2011), and Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome (2018), which is coauthored with her “Aspie” granddaughter, Eve Penelope Schofield. Falk is currently writing a book titled The Botanic Age (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming). More information may be found at: