Monday, April 16, 2012

How We Won the Hominid Wars

A brief and interesting interview about how a long chain of dramatic climate shifts during the last four million years may have driven human evolution. The short and long of it is that paleoanthropologist Rick Potts believes that being forced to deal with a shifting climate states pushed us to adopt greater adaptability in our behavior -- a mental flexibility made possible by the evolution of calorie-hungry forebrains.

How We Won the Hominid Wars, and All the Others Died Out | Human Evolution | DISCOVER Magazine:

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