Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway.
Evolutionary medicine uses our ancestral history to explain disease prevalence and inform care for conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It also challenges the bio-ethnocentrism of western medicine.
Artist impression of a prehistoric woman hunting.
Matthew Verdolivo (UC Davis IET Academic Technology Services)
New research is challenging the hypothesis that men did the hunting in prehistoric societies.
The first British people were black – and other interesting findings made possible by genomic sequencing.
Skeletal fragments from Hummervikholmen, one of sites featured in this study.
Scandinavia was populated by two main migrations, making its first inhabitants more genetically diverse and adapted to harsh climates than those in the rest of Europe.
Ogiek leaders wait to hear the African Court’s ruling.
The African court has demonstrated its autonomy in a continent where judicial independence remains shaky in many states.
The Hadza get 15% of their calories from honey.
The Hadza hunter-gatherer community get 15% of their calories from honey. If they can live on a high-sugar diet, why can’t we?
Skull of a man with multiple lesions on the side, probably caused by a club.
Image by Marta Mirazon Lahr, enhanced by Fabio Lahr
Why hunter gatherers weren’t as peaceful as you may think.
Does mankind’s religious instinct date back to prehistoric times?
Notions of gods arise in all human societies, from all powerful and all-knowing deities to simple forest spirits. A recent method of examining religious thought and behaviour links their ubiquity and the…