Anthropology / Everything Human

What Is an Animal?

Evolution

  • Animalia

    What Is an Animal?

    What is an animal? Take a moment to think about it. Without doubt your dog and cat are animals, as are the birds singing out your window. What about an earthworm? Or a flea? Certainly they are. Have you ever walked along the beach and spotted a jellyfish or picked up a sand dollar? They are also animals. What do all of these creatures have in common, and …

  • Origins

  • News Brief

  • Origins

    Monkeys All the Way Down

    Everyone’s likely heard it or seen it written on a protest sign: “I didn’t evolve from a monkey.” It’s a well-worn refrain of those who resist the evolutionary perspective. The pat response we often hear is, “You’re right! We didn’t evolve from monkeys. We share ancestors with them.” However, this talking point isn’t entirely honest. Yes, we share ancestors with monkeys; we share ancestors with every living thing. …