How we became a different kind of animal: An evolved uniqueness

Kevin Laland*

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MOST PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET BLITHELY ASSUME, LARGELY without any valid scientific rationale, that humans are special creatures, distinct from other animals. Curiously, the scientists best qualified to evaluate this claim have often appeared reticent to acknowledge the uniqueness of Homo sapiens, perhaps for fear of reinforcing the idea of human exceptionalism put forward in religious doctrines. Yet hard scientific data have been amassed across fields ranging from ecology to cognitive psychology affirming that humans truly are a remarkable species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages7
JournalScientific American
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


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