Aurora Bonfield

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Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates

A new study looks at rates of lethal violence across a thousand species to better understand the evolutionary origins of humanity’s own inhumanity.<p>Which mammal is most likely to be murdered by its own kind? It’s certainly not humans—not even close. Nor is it a top predator like the grey wolf or …

Facial expressions—including fear—may not be as universal as we thought

When you’re smiling, it may feel like the whole world is smiling with you, but a new study suggests that some facial expressions may not be so …

Psychology

Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

Some 56 years after Jane Goodall began long-term research on wild chimpanzees at Gombe, Tanzania, primatologists are still uncovering fascinating new facts about these closest living relatives of ours.<p>In a paper published in <i>Scientific Reports</i> last week, "Tool transfers are a form of teaching among …

Wild Monkeys' Stone "Tools" Force a Rethink of Human Uniqueness

The monkey picks up a potato-sized rock in his tiny hands, raises it above his head and smashes it down with all his might on another stone embedded …

Defining the Indefinable: The Science of New Age Beliefs

It’s time to abolish the spirituality vs. religion distinction<p><i>By Shelby Hartman</i><p>A growing number of scientists researching religion believe the human …

Pew Research Center

Human brawn may be an evolutionary fluke — courtesy of our big brains

We know where the human story started: In Africa, millions of years ago, with diminutive people whose brains were just a third of the size of ours.<p>And we know where it ended: with us.<p>Yet a lot of what happened in between is still debated, including the question of how humans' bodies and noggins got …