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Darwin and human evolution

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Science  22 Jan 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6527, pp. 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.abf6947

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To mark the 150th anniversary of The Descent of Man, paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva has gathered a team of experts, mostly scientists, to pen reflections and update Darwin's analysis: one essay each on The Descent of Man's introduction and its seven chapters about human evolution, one summarizing the 11 chapters Darwin devoted to sexual selection, one on sexual selection in humans, and a conclusion. The essays in A Most Interesting Problem collectively present an image of Darwin as both "remarkably prophetic" with regard to some predictions and "flat out wrong" with others.

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