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Christian Spahn

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 94: Sociobiology: Nature and Nurture

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Sociobiology: Nature and Nurture
Sociobiology: Nature and nurture

Ever since the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859, many attempts have been made to apply the insights of evolutionary biology to the study of humans. The first edition of On the Origin of Species gives only a small hint at the possible impact that the theory of evolution could have on anthropology:

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history. (Darwin, 1859)

But within about 10 years, Darwin himself had already given a first account of ...

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