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Human Evolution

Now We Know How 'Lucy' Died 3 Million Years Ago. Maybe.

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.29.2016 | Science

Cracking what must be one of the coldest cases of all time, scientists at the University of Texas claim to have figured out what killed “Lucy,” th...

Why Every Society Needs a Cartman

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.26.2016 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

South Park is on the threshold of its 20th season: what is the source of its staying power?

What Can The Evolution Of Our Sleep Habits Teach Us?

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 02.13.2017 | Healthy Living

When Amy Osborne started experiencing insomnia last August, it wasn't due to anything drastic. She recalls a heat wave in the Boston area where she li...

This Valentine's Day, Try Outlander

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 02.11.2017 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

It's that awkward time of year again--Valentine's Day--when the forces of consumerism conspire to propel men into mate-retention mode: to avoid being ...

Getting Sick May Be Evolution's Way Of Telling You To Stay Home

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living

Feeling sick and stuffy-headed? Don't go to work. Your symptoms are evolution's way of telling you to stay home and not get other people sick, accord...

Here's How Humans Evolved To Be Really Efficient Sleepers

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 12.16.2015 | Science

Humans have evolved the ultimate life-hack: we get better sleep in less time than most of the animal kingdom. We not only get significantly less shut-...

TV Tells a New Story About Sexual Assault

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 12.09.2016 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

As a species, humans are heavily dependent on cooperation for survival; consequently, we don't want stories of our transgressions to get around, for fear of being ostracized by our social network.

This Tooth Holds New Clues About Our Prehistoric Relatives

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science

Thanks to a single tooth, scientists are now sinking their teeth into a human family tree mystery -- exactly who were the Denisovans? Our distant cous...

Becoming Human

Yara Zgheib | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Yara Zgheib

There was once a man who lived in Dadri, an Indian town in Northwest Uttar Pradesh. Most people in Dadri are Hindu, but Mohammad Akhlaq was Muslim. One night, after he had gone to bed, one hundred men stormed his house, dragged him into the street, and stoned him to death.

Carson, Compassion and Evolution

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Dr. Carson's description of evolution makes it fairly obvious that working on other people's brains has had little effect on his. His attitude towards the struggling immigrant makes it obvious he spent no time working on hearts.

Cultural Evolution and Language Mavenry, Or Why Making Fun of People Who Mix Metaphors Is Not a Waste Of Time

Dan Cloud | Posted 07.22.2016 | Science
Dan Cloud

The discovery that I may actually be accomplishing something with my language snobbery is a serendipitous result of our ongoing effort to find a workable theory of cultural evolution.

Mindful Evolution: Can You Guide What Your Genes Are Doing?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

Human beings are unique in the scenario of life on Earth--that much is obvious. We are guided by awareness, and to implement our wishes, dreams, and i...

Brain Scan Reveals Old World Monkey's Surprisingly Complex Brain

Tom Edathikunnel | Posted 07.06.2016 | Science
Tom Edathikunnel

The brain scan of a fossilized monkey skull has given evolutionary anthropologists new clues into the branching of humanity's ancient origins and is rewriting the current understanding of primate brain development.

Fury Road and the Evolution of the Hero

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.19.2016 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of contraception in the U.S., and the release of a Mad Max sequel with a woman in the hero role. What do these things have in common?

Did Fire Spark Storytelling?

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

How many of us have wondered, to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin, why we huddle about the campfire? A recent study poses an answer to this question by looking at what hunter-gatherers talk about as they sit around the fire at night.

Here's Gruesome Proof That Ancient Brits Were Cannibals

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Apologies in advance if you're eating right now. Archaeologists have found evidence of human cannibalism in many ancient cultures around the world....

Why Distance Runners Are Super-Sexy, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.13.2015 | Science

Guys who go the distance may be better at getting the girls. After all, a new study of marathoners suggests that endurance running ability signals ...

Synchronicity, Evolution and Your Genes (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Jordan Flesher, BA Psychology Everyone has had a meaningful coincidence happen to them -- the classic example is thi...

500,000-Year-Old 'Swiss Army Knife' Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science

A set of half-a-million-year-old stone tools -- including what's being called a prehistoric "swiss army knife" -- have scientists going gaga. The t...

Science Explains Why Men Like Women With Curvy Booties

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science

From that bootylicious Kim photo that broke the internet to hit songs like "All About That Bass," women's backsides are having a major moment in the s...

WATCH: How The Ability To Make Believe Changed The Course Of The World

Fusion | Jordi Oliveres, Fer Gonzalez and Gerry Martinez | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

What is it about the human brain that allowed otherwise unremarkable primates to become the most powerful species on the planet? Historian Yuval Harar...

Can Wisdom Save Us? Why It Has To

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

There's always a sense of crisis in the air generated by whatever bad news is making the headlines. At the moment, the greatest alarm is being stirred...

Ancient Skull Sheds New Light On Human-Neanderthal Sex

Live Science | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Science

An ancient human skull fragment found in Israel may come from a close relative of the first modern humans to colonize Europe, researchers say. The fi...

A Work of Heart

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Bhaerman

What contribution -- grand or modest, private or public -- do you have to make to the greater good of all? Is it a project or idea of your own design, or something that already exists that you fervently want to advance?

You're Not a Chimpanzee, So Don't Make Love Like One

Dan Cloud | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Dan Cloud

Since Christmas is approaching, I'm tempted to say that these books might make good stocking stuffers. But the male ego is so fragile that some delicacy is required on the part of the giver, who must somehow insinuate that she's just trying to improve an already awesome performance.