Human Evolution

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Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan


Humans are the only animals who crave oblivion through suicide

Nicholas Humphrey

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

How we learn to read another’s mind by looking into their eyes

Tobias Grossmann


It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

We could all do with learning how to improvise a little better

Stephen T Asma

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

Philip Jaekl


How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Why do fear, cold and sublime feelings all provoke the same response in our skin?

3 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

Jim Kozubek

Essay/Demography & Migration

The future is mixed-race

And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future

Scott Solomon

Essay/Philosophy of Language

Chomsky, Wolfe and me

I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?

Daniel Everett

Idea/Human Evolution

How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans

Robert Dudley

Video/Mood & Emotion

Reason might be our puppet master but only after emotions tug on the strings

3 minutes


Unified theory of evolution

Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck

Michael Skinner

Idea/Human Evolution

Anthropology is far from licking the problem of fossil ages

Paige Madison


Is God a silverback?

Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

David P Barash


The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Frans de Waal

Essay/Social Psychology

Disgust made us human

Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws

Kathleen McAuliffe

Essay/Social Psychology

The outsiders

Has evolution programmed us to shun and turn our backs on refugees – even when they might die without our help?

Avan Judd Stallard

Idea/The Home

The reason we like the tidy feelings of home is evolutionary

John Allen


How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain

Richard Kunert

Idea/Virtual Reality

Virtual fossils revolutionise the study of human evolution

Doug Boyer


Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree

John Hawks

Idea/Human Evolution

Symmetry is crucial to biology: a Q & A with Robert Trivers

Jill Neimark

Video/Human Evolution

Why can’t blindfolded people walk in a straight line? It’s a scientific mystery

4 minutes

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Midnight at the oasis

Once oases supported human evolution. Now, our addiction to fountains, pools and palms threatens our survival

Rebecca Lawton

Video/Philosophy of Science

Our existence is both cosmically trivial and linked to everything that ever was

7 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages


Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?

Jacob Mikanowski

Video/Human Evolution

Can a tiny slice of mouse brain help us understand the complex human mind?

3 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Our divided brains are far more complex and remarkable than a left/right split

12 minutes