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Competitive Generosity Drives Charitable Donations

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:09:46 +0000

Unconditional generosity is a characteristic of humans on which we pride ourselves, and billions of dollars is donated to hundreds of thousands of charitable organisations every year. But look at it from an evolutionary perspective, and this trait seems difficult to explain. In some situations, giving may have evolved to advertise positive characteristics of the […]

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GEE's Prof Mark Thomas reports in Nature on pottery shards putting a date on Africa’s dairying

21 June 2012

Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comments on the discovery that North Africans may have been making yoghurt 7,000 years ago, suggesting a way that the region’s inhabitants may have evolved to tolerate milk as adults.

Nature paper

Mark Thomas

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