Evolution

Dating Duo Illuminates Modern Humans’ Journey

Science: WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA—When University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Harold Dibble was reopening excavations at the Grotte des Contrebandiers (Smuggler’s Cave) in Morocco a few years ago, he looked for experts to help him figure out when prehistoric humans had occupied the cave, which is a key site for understanding the spread More

Does Revenge Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?

Scientific American: Spontaneous patriotic chants and flag-waving crowds were sparked by word that Osama bin Laden had been killed earlier this week. Despite the man’s loathed reputation as the mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the jubilation over bin Laden’s death raises the question: Why the celebration? Was it More

Giving Darwin His Due

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin was published in 1872, a year after The Descent of Man. It is, without a doubt, a brilliant book, forecasting many of the fundamentals of not just facial expression but emotion itself. It is the first, pioneering study More

The Evolution of Childhood

Michael Lamb has done us the great favor of reading and reviewing a major work by Melvin Konner The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind. As a field we have paid scarce attention to evolution. A physical anthropologist has analyzed the evolutionary origins of Homo sapiens with special focus on More