Evolution

The Washington Post: Monkey see, monkey recall – at least for a couple of minutes. Ben Basile of Emory University in Atlanta placed five rhesus monkeys in front of a touchscreen that briefly showed a blue square and two red ones. After an interval of up to two minutes, the More

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

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

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

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