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mermaid →  November 24, 2010

While doing research for my post on the mammalian dive reflex, I stumbled across an interesting TED video. It discusses the idea that humans evolved as "aquatic apes" somewhere between the common ancestor between chimps (~6,500,000 years ago) and the first know Homo sapiens (~200,000 years ago). If you look at a timeline of paleolithic […]

td-dstll →  November 13, 2010

[Rated 4.95/5 by 6,000+ viewers] In his talk, “A New Tale of the Primate Split”, Dr. Todd Disotell delivers an interesting, if heady at times, talk about alternative dating of primate species using differential comparisons of mitochondrial DNA. The research discussed uses variable rates of genetic evolution in mitochondria to corroborate and refine human and […]

stone-tools →  November 9, 2010

Heated debates about what definitively *IS* and what definitively *IS NOT* “paleo” abound. While that’s often an interesting question, it also often misses the point. You see, everything is paleo. From computers to the agricultural revolution to individual cereal grains themselves… everything is paleo. “Well, we know that’s not historically true, so what are you […]

presidential-seal →  November 3, 2010

I hoped this day would never come. Alas, it was almost inevitable. Of the many #notpaleo concepts we face in the modern world, two of the biggest are politics and religion; the collision of the paleo ideas with 10K years of subsequent dogma has only just begun. State politics and codified law arose directly from […]

zebras →  October 27, 2010

Understanding the elemental foundation of evolutionary psychology is as simple as pondering this question: [start timer] Why do we ride horses, but not zebras? [end timer] One of the tricky parts about evolutionary psychology research is that we don’t have a surviving species to which we can compare Homo sapiens in a closely analogous way. […]

antler-girl →  September 21, 2010

It’s easy to just talk about diet and the paleolithic era by saying “human evolution in the paleolithic”. That’s also easy to get jumbled up. Here’s a list of not only Homo sapiens, but the dates and diets of older fossils within the Homo genus. These species may not all be our direct ancestors, but […]

brizendine-male →  May 4, 2010

Dr. Louann Brizendine discusses her latest book, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think. An article about Dr. Brizendine and her research in her first book The Female Brain in a July 2006 issue of Newsweek started a media frenzy that led to appearances on GMA’s “20/20″ and “Good Morning […]

brizendine-female →  May 4, 2010

This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women’s lives down to the cellular level, “a user’s guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women,” offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine’s […]

robert-wright-ted →  April 28, 2010

Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule (“Do unto others…”), why we sometimes ignore it and why there‚Äôs hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it. Robert Wright The best-selling author of “Nonzero,” “The Moral Animal” and “The Evolution […]