Self-domestication and human evolution

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I recently attended a symposium at the Salk Institute on “Domestication and Human Evolution.” The symposium was organized by CARTA, the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, whose charter is “to explore and explain the origins of the human phenomenon.” As the name indicates, the focus of this symposium was on how domestication…

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How smart are my pet jellyfish?

Photos I took at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

If you know me, you probably know that I have pet jellyfish. Moon jellies, to be specific. It may sound like a strange pet to have—and I admit, they were a not-very-well-thought-out impulse purchase—but, even despite a few painful run-ins with Portuguese man-of-wars in my childhood, I have always been enchanted by the majestic beauty…

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