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Human Nature

Who First Buried the Dead?

We have learned a lot by trying to figure out what makes humans unique. Now, it's time to focus on what we have in common with the rest of life.

“Wrapping paper is a striptease that hides and reveals.”

Why Do We Wrap Presents?

Human Nature

When It Comes to Love, Is Three (or More) a Crowd?

Cultures around the world fear unrequited love. One strategy to avoid the pain of rejection might be to spread your love around—but does that work?

Human evolution social selection - This young Afghan refugee named Maimuna, photographed in Kabul in 2016, has features that are similar to ancient European hunter-gatherers.

In Flux

When Evolution Is Not a Slow Dance but a Fast Race to Survive