From Antiquity, a review essay on human origins, a not so modest affair. Studies of hominid fossils, like 4.4-million-year-old "Ardi," are changing ideas about human origins. An independent team has found that Darwinius masillae, hyped last year as the eighth wonder of the world, is not our ancestor. A look at how DNA evidence tells "global story" of human history. From Scientific American, a panel of scientists challenges what it is to be distinctly human and retraces the evolutionary steps that bipedal apes made to attain human traits; research suggests early humans used brain power, innovation and teamwork to dominate the planet; and what can past climate change reveal about human adaptation? An interview with Rick Potts, the Smithsonian anthropologist who turned heads in scientific circles when he proposed that climate change was the driving force in human evolution. Human culture, an evolutionary force: Biologists are finding evidence that culture has been interacting with genes to shape human evolution. Move Over Darwin: Rachel Armstrong on systems evolution and bio feminism. Eric Michael Johnson (UBC): Deconstructing Social Darwinism. Cachet of the Cutthroat: Social Darwinism isn't only morally wrong; it doesn't even perform the function it claims to perform — fostering real competition. From RSA Journal, Franz de Waal on how bad biology killed the economy: An unnatural culture of greed and fear has brought the global economy to its knees — we need to start playing to our pro-social strengths (and Edward Dolnick reviews The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal; and more and more); and David Sloan Wilson on policymaking the Darwinist way: We need to shed our prehistoric policymaking practices and turn to evolution for guidance.

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