• 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. 

  • The Paradox of Sourness

    Of all the major taste categories, the relationship between human thriving and sensing sourness is the least understood. 

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.