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Who First Buried the Dead?
Evidence of burial rites by the primitive, small-brained Homo naledi suggests that symbolic behavior is very ancient indeed.
Slow Flow of Human Immigration May Have Doomed Neanderthals
What killed off the Neanderthals? It’s a big debate, and now a study says that no matter what the answer, they were doomed anyway.
Inevitable or Accident? Tackling the Big Questions of Evolution
Modern evolutionary science has some advantages Darwin didn’t. Here’s what we’re learning from DNA, experimentation, and more.
The Evolution of Evolution: Are We the Masters of Our Fate?
It’s a profound question facing modern humans: Are we still subject to natural selection?
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This Mysterious Human Species Lived Alongside Our Ancestors, Newly Dated Fossils Suggest
Homo naledi, now dated to 236,000 to 335,000 years ago, joins a half-dozen members of our genus that lived during the past half-million years or so.
Who and What Are We? And When Did We Get Here?
The modern human’s capacity for symbolic information-processing truly is unique among living creatures. And this, of course, invites us to inquire just when our precursors acquired such exceptional cognitive traits. Do these traits have deep roots in the past, having emerged insensibly under natural selection as hominid brains enlarged? Or did they appear suddenly and all at once? And, if so, when?
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