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#Human Evolution

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 02.24.2015 | 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 f...

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.

What's So Feminine About Being a Feminist?

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Lisa Marie Jenkins

Do we need a few policy changes, sure, but the real issue is the lack of balance between masculine and feminine characteristics in the world. And I don't mean male vs. female. True empowerment comes from peace, which is exactly what the 21st century should be about.

Women and Warfare in Human Evolution

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 01.19.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

Forager war narratives document an aspect of human experience that has been overlooked in the study of human evolution: the costs that warfare imposed on women. Many of these problems remain with us to this day. Thus, understanding how these problems shaped our past may help us address them in the present.

Here's The Remarkably Simple Reason Your Face Is Unique

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.19.2014 | Science

Face it. If we all looked the same, our world would be pretty boring. Fortunately every human face has its own unique features, and for that, we can t...

'Taung Child' Scans Upend Ideas About Ancient Human Ancestor

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science

The skull of an ancient human ancestor fails to show evidence of the type of brain expansion typically seen in modern human infants, according to a ...

Here's How Long We Canoodled With The Neanderthals

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stocki...

Genes Reveal Reason Pygmies Are So Short

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainfor...

Is Postpartum Depression a Disease of Modern Civilization?

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Working with UCLA's Martie Haselton, Chapman University psychological scientist Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook has been exploring the evidence from diverse sources to argue that postpartum depression is linked to early weaning, deficient diet, inactivity, not enough sunshine, and lack of family support.

Anna Almendrala

Evidence That Friends Really Are The Family We Choose

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Sister from another mister. Brother from another mother. The family you choose. When it comes to describing your friends, those turns of phrase ma...

Ancient Ear Raises New Questions About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science

The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal has an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, accordin...

PHOTOS: 'Pit Of Bones' Skulls Confirm Neanderthals' Stepwise Evolution

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 06.23.2014 | Science

The emergence of Neanderthals is just as mysterious as their disappearance about 30,000 years ago. A study of skulls from a possible burial pit in nor...

Human, Chimp Forebears May Have Diverged Way Earlier Than We Thought

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

The ancestors of humans and chimpanzees may have begun genetically diverging from one another 13 million years ago, more than twice as long ago as h...

The End of the Universe: A Search Between Rising Disorder and Complexity

Cadell Last | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

In his new book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in Cosmological Perspective, philosopher Clement Vidal explores the two main trends of the universe: rising disorder and complexity. As a result, his investigation takes us to the most extreme conditions possible in our universe.

Brain Evolution Study Shows What We Gave Up To Get Smart

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.29.2014 | Science

Humans may be smart because energy once devoted to brawn was given up for brains, researchers say. The most powerful computer known is the brain. Th...

Extinction and the New Human

Daniel Levine | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Daniel Levine

We often justify our culture by referring to the ideals of our "forefathers," by which we mean the political, enterprising men who wrote our Constitution. But our true ancestors were the Neanderthals.

Scientist Answers Key Question About Human Evolution

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural Hi...

Were Scientists Wrong About Early Humans?

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Science

Modern humans may have dispersed in more than one wave of migration out of Africa, and they may have done so earlier than scientists had long thought...

Extending the Mind

Cadell Last | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Cadell Last

In our modern world, language still reigns supreme. Every aspect of our existence is dependent on the ability to think and speak using a conceptual ruled-based linguistic code.

Why There Will Be No Cure for Depression

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Jonathan Rottenberg

In an era of tight budgets, supporters of depression research argue that more funding is needed to find a cure. That's logical-sounding but may be totally wrong. Depression's toll has risen even as more research and treatment resources have been poured into combating it.

Where Is the Exit?

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 04.05.2014 | Hawaii
Joseph Carlisi

Seventeen years ago, on a rainy day, I was sitting in a Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles with close associate and fellow traveler, Carlos Castaneda. We had been discussing the near impossibility of, somehow, freeing oneself from the mind . . . the ego centered self or me.

Fewer Republicans Believe In Evolution Now Than In 2009

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution now than in 2009, according to a Pew Research Survey released Monday. In 2009, 54 percent of R...