Life doesn’t make trash
A genome is not a blueprint for building a human being, so is there any way to judge whether DNA is junk or not?
The first smile
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root
War in the womb
A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy
When it comes to sex, will humans ever be liberated from the basic biological needs that drove our evolutionary past?
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war
Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?
Russia’s sacred land
To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works
Dead or Alive?
Is it time to kill off the idea of the ‘Selfish Gene’? We asked four experts to respond to our most controversial essay
The end is not near
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?