• Why We Help

    Far from being a nagging exception to the rule of evolution, cooperation has been one of its primary architects

    | December 1, 2012|

  • When the Sea Saved Humanity

    Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. Recent finds suggest that the smallpopulation that gave rise to all humans alive today survived by exploiting a unique combination of resourcesalong the southern coast of Africa

    | December 1, 2012|

  • What May Become of Homo sapiens

    Conditions of modern life could be driving changes in the makeup of our genes. Our bodies and our brains may not be the same as those of our descendants

    | December 1, 2012|

  • What Makes Us Different?

    Comparisons of the genomes of humans and chimpanzees are revealing those rare stretches of DNA that are ours alone

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Twilight of the Neandertals

    Paleoanthropologists know more about Neandertals than any other extinct human. But their demise remains a mystery, one that gets curiouser and curiouser

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Traces of a Distant Past

    DNA furnishes an ever clearer picture of the multimillennial trek from Africa all the way to the tip of South America

    | December 1, 2012|

  • The Naked Truth

    Our nearly hairless skin was a key factor in the emergence of other human traits

    | December 1, 2012|

  • The First Americans

    Humans colonized the New World earlier than previously thought—a revelation that is forcing scientists to rethink long-standing ideas about these trailblazers

    | December 1, 2012|

  • The Evolution of Grandparents

    The rise of senior citizens may have played a big role in the success of our species

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Rethinking the Hobbits of Indonesia

    The mini human species found in Indonesia turns out to be even stranger than previously thought and complicates the story of our ancient past

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Our Inner Neandertal

    Genome analysis indicates Neandertals and modern humans interbred

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Lucy's Baby

    An ancient infant skeleton yields new insight into how humans evolved to walk upright

    | December 1, 2012|

  • How We are evolving

    Analyses of our DNA suggest that recent human evolution has occurred more slowly than biologists would have expected

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Four Fallacies of Pop Evolutionary Psychology

    Some evolutionary psychologists have trumpeted claims about how the human mind evolved that other scholars take issue with. Here is how the evidence shapes up

    | December 1, 2012|

  • First of Our Kind

    Sensational fossils from South Africa spark a debate over the origins of Homo

    | December 1, 2012|

  • Cooking Up Bigger Brains

    Our hominid ancestors probably could not have eaten enough raw food to support large, calorie-hungry brains. The key to our evolution may have been the invention of the kitchen

    | December 1, 2012|

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