SOURCE: Boston Globe
Darwin's Enduring Hold on Our Imaginations
by Tom Chaffin
The excitement that greeted the return of missing notebooks by the British naturalist reflect the fact that his work, while foundational, remains both controversial and poorly understood.
Campus CRT Battles Recall 1920s Evolution Fight
by Adam Laats
Faculty and teachers who want to fight back against the Critical Race Theory panic can take the high ground by stressing the importance of quality research and teaching, if the 1920s are a guide.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Paradox of Sourness
Of all the major taste categories, the relationship between human thriving and sensing sourness is the least understood.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Conservative War on Education that Failed
by Adam Laats
"A full century ago, the most effective school-ban campaign in American history set the pattern: noise, fury, rancor, and fear, but not much change in what schools actually teach."
Can Studying Human Evolution Help Us Understand Impeachment?
by David P. Barash
What The Goodness Paradox can teach us about the importance of enforcing societal norms.
The History of the Meaning of Life
by Michael Ruse
And how we can find meaning in a "Darwinian existentialism.”
Human Evolution: Walking Upright Evolved at Least 3.6 Million Years Ago—Long Before Modern Humans Appeared
Evolutionary anthropologist David Raichlen and his colleagues from the University of Arizona, examined 3.6-million-year-old hominin footprints recently discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania, which represent the earliest direct evidence of hominin bipedalism.
A Key Turning Point in Darwin’s Thinking – And It Didn’t Happen in the Galapagos Islands
by Isobel Charman
It happened in a London zoo.
Human evolution: why we’re more than great apes
by Robin Dunbar
In this shortened excerpt from "Human Evolution: Our Brains and Our Behavior," evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explains the link between culture and the human brain—and how that connection distinguishes us from other primates.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Why we’ve been looking at human evolution in the wrong way
by Robert A. Foley
Why being human can't be traced back to hunting, fire or any other single event.
SOURCE: New Historian
Earliest Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Evidence Found
Co-led by Professor Adam Siepel from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on Long Island, NY, the team found evidence of interbreeding dating back to approximately 100,000 years in the past – several millennia before any other existing documented interbreeding event.
SOURCE: New Historian
Fossils of a New Ape Species Cause Rethink of Evolution
The animal to which the bones belonged lived 11.6 million years ago, according to the researchers who analysed it, an international team from the Institut Catala de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and George Washington University.
The new thinking about evolution and how it took place
by David Barash
Our ancestors had to deal with fire, ice, meteors, poison gas, radiation, predators, starvation, changes in habitat, war and more—each leaving traces in our DNA today.r
The Key to the Success of Homo Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari
In a one-on-one brawl, a Neanderthal would probably have beaten a Sapiens. But in a conflict of hundreds, Neanderthals wouldn’t stand a chance. Why? Sapiens possess the ability to create fictions.
Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution
by Matt Simon
"There was a bit of a problem with all of this natural selection stuff, though: Darwin didn’t know how it, uh, worked."
Origins of sex discovered
A profound new discovery by palaeontologist, Flinders University Professor John Long, reveals how the intimate act of sexual intercourse first evolved in our deep distant ancestors.
Why Scientists Decided to Issue an Indictment of Nicholas Wade's Book
by Jerry A. Coyne
There is no evidence for Wade’s main thesis: that differences in behavior among groups, and in the disparate societies they construct, are based on genetic differences.
Nicholas Wade's Blurring the Line Between Science and Fantasy
by Michael Eisen
"It terrifies me that more people will follow Wade’s lead and use the reality of genetic variation and natural selection in humans to justify to themselves."
Will Humanity Become Extinct Within the Next Generation?
by Dahr Jamail
Indeed, climate change may not just trigger human extinction -- it could mean the end of all life on Earth.
SOURCE: BBC News
Alfred Russell Wallace honoured by statue and new wasp genus
The first ever statue of the naturalist will be unveiled at the Natural History Museum by Sir David Attenborough.
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