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Evolution & Behaviour

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Let’s live together: sharing with others may help us live longer

No one is an island – sharing with others is a key social characteristic of ours, which has made humans successful throughout evolution. Receiving help from others makes it easier to provide our needs and survive during vulnerable stages of our lives – it is... click to read more

  • Tobias Vogt | Assistant Professor at Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands; Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India; Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • Fanny Kluge | Research Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Views 203
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 14, 2021
Extending the genomic record of human diversity

The genetic material of any two humans is 99.9% identical, but the small differences that do exist between our genomes provide a record of the complex evolutionary history we have undergone as a species. Over the past decade, scientists have sequenced a large number of... click to read more

  • Anders Bergström | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 25, 2021
A ghost population of the Ice Age hidden in a Mexican cave

More often than we admit, we ignore things that are right in front of us, simply because they do not match "our reality", or our current understanding of it. A priori beliefs can weigh heavily on our capacity to see diversity and detect the unknown... click to read more

  • Ciprian F. Ardelean | Professor at Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ), Zacatecas, Mexico
Views 429
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2021
Win-waste: an alarming strategy

Globally about one-third of food produced for human consumption assumptively goes to waste. Food waste is a squandering of resources and money and this is why Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 aims to halve food waste by 2030. But the progress is hard to measure as... click to read more

  • Linda de Vreede | Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Thom Achterbosch | Researcher at Wageningen University and Research, The Hague, The Netherlands
Views 474
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 9, 2021
Shelling out for dinner: dolphins’ foraging technique spreads socially among peers

What have you learned from your friends or family? Many animals, including humans, learn behaviour from other individuals of the same species through a process called social learning. Offspring often rely on their parents to learn behaviour, as the parental generation is usually more experienced and... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
Views 591
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 16, 2021