Wildlife in ‘Catastrophic Decline’ Due to Human Destruction, Scientists Warn | Portside

The report says this “catastrophic decline” shows no sign of slowing.And it warns that nature is being destroyed by humans at a rate never seen before.Wildlife is “in freefall” as we burn forests, over-fish our seas and destroy wild areas, says Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF.”We are wrecking our world – the one place we call home – risking our health, security and survival here on Earth. Now nature is sending us a desperate SOS and time is running out.”

Source: Wildlife in ‘Catastrophic Decline’ Due to Human Destruction, Scientists Warn | Portside

When did we become fully human? What fossils and DNA tell us about the evolution of modern intelligence

Artefacts suggest a ‘great leap’, a recent evolution of modern intelligence. Fossils and DNA argue that’s an illusion.

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“We are Spaceships” –Extraterrestrial Viruses May Have Influenced Origin and Evolution of Life (Weekend Feature) 

    “The human imagination is a preview of coming attractions,” Albert Einstein was fond of saying. Viruses are essentially roving segments of genetic material that have learned how to “put on space suits and leave the cell,” observed Greg Bear in his epic work of science fiction, Darwin’s Radio, that mirrors Einstein’s adage, suggesting […]

Source: “We are Spaceships” –Extraterrestrial Viruses May Have Influenced Origin and Evolution of Life (Weekend Feature) | The Daily Galaxy

World Honey Bee Day–Another Reminder that 40% of Insect Species Now Threatened With Extinction

Researchers need our help to advocate for policies that will protect insect populations. .. World Honey Bee Day came and went, but it wasn’t a celebration: over 40% of insect species are threatened

Source: World Honey Bee Day–Another Reminder that 40% of Insect Species Now Threatened With Extinction | Common Dreams Views

First: critique darwinism…//Hunter-Gatherers and Human Evolution: New light on old debates

This is fascinating stuff, but unless it is based on post-Darwinism the whole discussion will collapse…

A leading specialist on hunter-gatherers exposes Steven Pinker’s poorly-researched claims that humans have always been war-like. Richard Lee also summarises decades of research on hunter-gatherers …

Source: Hunter-Gatherers and Human Evolution: New light on old debates – Richard B. Lee – Darwiniana

Hunter-Gatherers and Human Evolution: New light on old debates – Richard B. Lee

A leading specialist on hunter-gatherers exposes Steven Pinker’s poorly-researched claims that humans have always been war-like. Richard Lee also summarises decades of research on hunter-gatherers showing how they emphasise food-sharing, gender equality and cooperative childcare. Lee concludes that it was this sort of less aggressive and more cooperative social environment in our evolutionary past that permitted the long childhoods required for human brain growth.

Source: Hunter-Gatherers and Human Evolution: New light on old debates – Richard B. Lee