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Bless you, Blackley! Darwin inspires pioneering hay fever researcher

You may not have heard of Charles Harrison Blackley (1820—1900), but if you are one of the 15 million people in the UK who suffer from hay fever, you are indebted to him. For it was he who identified pollen … Continue reading

New Darwin and Emotions Resources

Darwin’s work on the expression of emotions began with observations he made on the Beagle voyage.  After almost 40 years of collecting data (including observations of his own children) and thinking about the conceptual issues, he originally intended it to … Continue reading

Darwin and Human Nature Conference – Cambridge, 19-20 April

We’re busy preparing for our Darwin and Human Nature Conference on 19 and 20 April 2012. It will be held at CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Cambridge.   The conference will … Continue reading

Emotions and Interpretations: Responses to the Darwin Online Emotions Experiment

Thanks to all who took part in our online emotions experiment – over 18,000 of you! The formal stage of the experiment is now over, but it will be staying online as an activity, so if you don’t want to … Continue reading

You too can be Darwin’s guinea pig

Imagine going to dinner with Charles and Emma Darwin and, the minute you get through the door, being dragged off by the famous scientist to take part in one of his experiments. That is exactly what happened to a series … Continue reading

La Machanga del Agua Mansa

How much like a monkey is a person? Did our ancestors really swing from trees? Are we descended from apes? By the 1870s, questions like these were on the tip of everyone’s tongue, even though Darwin himself never posed the … Continue reading

Monkeys Attracted to Humans, but do they Kiss and Tell?

In recent posts, we’ve explored the implications of cross-species sexual attraction, and the perception of language as a measure of distinction between Homo sapiens and the rest of the animal kingdom. The question of what separates our species from other animals, … Continue reading