Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Cardiologist, evolutionary biologist
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist and visiting professor at Harvard University's department of human evolutionary biology who turns to the natural world for insights into human well being.

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Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist whose patients include gorillas, lions, wallabies and humans. Her medical specialty is cardiac imaging -- but her academic passion is the evolutionary connection between human and animal bodies and minds. In 2012, she co-authored the book Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, advocating a "One Health" approach to medicine. She founded the Zoobiquity Conferences to bring veterinarians and physicians together for "species-spanning" debates and collaborations.

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Humans aren’t the only ones that help out their adult kids — here’s why animals do it too

March 5, 2020

Did you know that meerkats stay close to home, even as adults, so they can inherit territory when Mom dies? Or that North American red squirrel mothers gift real estate to their kids (complete with stockpiles of food)? Evolutionary biologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and writer Kathryn Bowers make the case for why parents -- animals and humans -- should remain involved in the lives of their full-grown offspring.

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