Category Archives: Evolution

A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

Why do humans, uniquely among animals, cooperate in large numbers to advance projects for the common good? Contrary to the conventional wisdom in biology and economics, this generous and civic-minded behavior is widespread and cannot be explained simply by far-sighted … Continue reading

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Darwin and Design – Philosophical Questions of Intelligence and Human Behavior

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection provided a scientific answer to a philosophical question: must design imply a designer?  To the dismay and disbelief of many of Darwin’s contemporaries, and a great many still, his theory can answer the … Continue reading

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Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health

While most of us live our lives according to the working week, we did not evolve to be bound by industrial schedules, nor did the food we eat. Despite this, we eat the products of industrialization and often suffer as … Continue reading

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The Story of the Human Body

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions … Continue reading

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Music Emotion and Evolution

For many, music exists to express emotions. Music stimulates both psychological mood and physiological changes including heart rate and breathing. Music can help anxiety. It drives the body with loud, fast music making people lively and promoting dance. Slow, soft … Continue reading

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Evolution of human intelligence

The evolution of human intelligence refers to a set of theories that attempt to explain how human intelligence has evolved. These theories are closely tied to the evolution of the human brain and to the emergence of human language. The timeline … Continue reading

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Unique Skull Find Rebuts Theories On Species Diversity in Early Humans

Paleoanthropologists from the University of Zurich have uncovered the intact skull of an early Homo individual in Dmanisi, Georgia. This find is forcing a change in perspective in the field of paleoanthropology: human species diversity two million years ago was … Continue reading

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La evolución y los desórdenes psiquiátricos

La depresión solía tener una función adaptativa en la banda de homínidos, que se pierde en la gran ciudad, y termina volviéndose una enfermedad crónica. La depresión es una adaptación biopsicológica que evolucionó en los primates sociales, y que está … Continue reading

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OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

OneZoom is committed to heightening awareness about the diversity of life on earth, its evolutionary history and the threats of extinction. This website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it’s like a map, … Continue reading

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Evolution, Emotion, and Reason

Professor Bloom discussion of emotions as useful evolutionary adaptations for dealing with our social environment, describes evolutionary explanations for several important emotional responses, such as the love between parents and their offspring, the gratitude we feel towards cooperative behaviors, the … Continue reading

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