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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

Essay/Deep Time

Last hominin standing

Was human evolution inevitable, or do we owe our existence to a once-in-a-universe stroke of luck?

Dan Falk

Video/Human Evolution

Do higher-pitched voices put women at a disadvantage?

5 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Playing distracts us from many vital activities. Why did we evolve to love it?

3 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

From Tarzan to Tanzania – how a dream of living with animals changed primatology

6 minutes


Plastic people

Epigenetics has shown that there’s no such thing as a normal human body, so how did it get hijacked by the body police?

Julie Guthman & Becky Mansfield

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

Brilliant impersonators

We prize originality, yet humans are natural-born copycats and only good imitators survive. Is it time to celebrate the rip-off?

Kat McGowan


The first smile

Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root

Michael Graziano


War in the womb

A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy

Suzanne Sadedin

Essay/Food & Drink

Against the grains

A carbs-rich diet has been blamed for the alarming explosion of obesity and chronic disease. What does the science show?

Melinda Wenner Moyer


Animal magnetism

Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?

David P Barash