Category Archives: human evolution

Will humans become two subspecies?

UPDATE: I’ve heard from Dr. Curry about this piece; he’s appalled that it was published and explains the situation: I’m sorry that you had to waste some of your valuable time dealing with the old news story about the future of human evolution. The story purports to be about my ‘research’ on the future of […]

800,000-year-old hominin footprints found in England

While modern Homo sapiens almost certainly descends —with the exception of a few genes contributed from Neandertals and Denisovans—from a group of ancestors who left Africa around 60,000 years ago and subsequently colonized the world, this was not the first hominin exodus from Africa.  There are likely to have been several, beginning with the spread […]

Shaping Humanity- a new book by John Gurche on science and art

by Greg Mayer John Gurche, the well known scientific illustrator and “Paleo-Artist” has recently published a new book, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins (Yale University Press, 345 pages, $49.95) Gurche is best known for his exacting reconstructions of fossil hominids in paintings, bronzes, and life reconstructions, although he […]

Caturday felid: a rationalist cat writes in about human evolution

As I’ve mentioned before, I am friends with Malgorzata Koraszewska and Andrzej Koraszewski, who run the highly popular Polish website Racjonalista, which has thousands of secular followers starved for a non-theist viewpoint in an overwhelmingly Catholic country. Malgorzata translates many of this website’s articles into Polish, and so we have struck a deal: in return […]

Human evolution: the hobbits were probably real

I’m spending most of the day writing now, and it’s difficult to find time to read scientific papers and report on them.  So do excuse me for a while if I summarize new findings from (reliable) journalistic results, even though I’ll scan and link to the original paper when possible. There are two evolution-related findings […]

A modest proposal: testing the Cinderella Effect

One of the most prominent results of evolutionary psychology research is “the Cinderella Effect,” made famous by the work of Margo Wilson and Martin Daly (you can find one of their summary papers here). Although I don’t pretend to be an expert on the extensive literature on this phenomenon, it’s pretty much what the name […]

E. O. Wilson mistakenly touts group selection (again) as a key factor in human evolution

As most of you know, Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s most famous and accomplished biologists.  He was the founder of evolutionary psychology (known as “sociobiology” back then), author of two Pulitzer-Prize-winning books, one of the world’s great experts on ants, an ardent advocate for biological conservation, and a great natural historian. His […]

Today’s Google doodle celebrates paleobiology

Take a look at today’s Google doodle and guess what it’s celebrating? If you don’t know, the answer is here More about the subject can be found here (I know Matthew disdains my use of Wikipedia entries but that is often the most comprehensive source of information!) As the alert reader said who sent me […]

Museum sign of the week

This, from The Poke (via Matthew Cobb) is said to be from Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. Of course I am investigating the backstory, and will report when I find out. Could it have been this one?

The Piltdown Hoax at 100

by Greg Mayer The Geological Society (London) is having a special meeting today to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Piltdown  hoax. There will also be a tour of a new special exhibit at the Natural History Museum (which also has a nice Piltdown website). It was exactly 100 years ago today that Charles Dawson, […]

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