Marcus Baynes-Rock is an Australian anthropologist and a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Anthropology. His academic interests lie in the relationships between humans and large carnivores, including these relationships throughout evolutionary history. Marcus’ research has led him to Ethiopia where he studied the unusual relationship between people and spotted hyenas in the ancient city of Harar, which is the subject of his recent book, Among the Bone Eaters (Penn State University Press, 2015).
Within the John Templeton Foundation funded Human Distinctiveness project, Marcus is investigating the effects of large carnivores on processes of animal domestication, past and present. This will take him to Ethiopia to study complex, tripartite relations between herders, livestock animals, and predators, and how evolved, multispecies wisdom is deployed and realised in this evolutionarily novel paradigm.
Department of Anthropology
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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556