By David M. Buss

The 3rd variation of Evolutionary Psychology continues to be the best textual content for the burgeoning box of evolutionary psychology, and this significant replace comprises approximately four hundred new references.

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The oldest Neanderthal from which DNA has been extracted lived in a site in Croatia 42,000 years ago-undoubtedly not realizing the future scientific use to which his bones would be put. First, the DNA evidence reveals that Neanderthal DNA is distinct from that of modern humans, and it implies that the two lineages diverged perhaps 400,000 years ago or longer. This finding suggests that substantial interbreeding between the two groups was unlikely. Second, if the DNA of modern humans contained Neanderthal DNA, we would expect it to be most similar to living Europeans, who currently reside in the Neanderthals' former territory.

Instead, calluses are the result of a specific form of interaction between an environmental input (repeated friction to the skin) and an adaptation that is sensitive to repeated friction and contains instructions to grow extra new skin cells when it experiences repeated friction. Indeed, the reason that adaptations evolve is that they afford organisms tools to grapple with the problems posed by the environment. So notions of genetic determinism-behaviors caused by genes without input or influence from the environment-are simply false.

18 PAR T 1 / Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology Most social scientists could not see what ants and fruit flies had to do with people. Although scientific revolutions always meet resistance, often from within the ranks of established scientists (Sulloway, 1996), Wilson's lack of relevant scientific data on humans did not help. Furthermore, the tremendous resistance to Wilson's inclusion of humans within the purview of evolutionary theory was based on several common misunderstandings about evolutionary theory and its application to humans.

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