Issue 111

Transhumanism is the focus of the new issue of Mètode

What will future humans look like? The monograph reflects on the science that will allow us to pose new challenges in our evolution.

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The evolution of storytellers

Oral storytelling may have had evolutionary benefits at both the individual and group levels, and may have conferred evolutionary advantages.

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We are a ‘trencadís’

We have all inherited DNA sequences from forgotten ancient ancestors

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octopus intelligence carazo

The weight of intelligence

Understanding what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom is an old obsession of ours. The most frequent attribute we rely on to justify our supposed superiority is intelligence. Yet, how are we to compare the intelligence of species as different as humans, octopi or dolphins?

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footprint

A simple footprint

What kind of sign is a rhinoceros footprint? It is an index, an iconic representation, and can become a symbolic image. A whole world condensed into a single footprint.

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Humans 2.0

Can humans control the future evolution of our species? Based on current knowledge in genetics, one can infer and extrapolate what may happen in the near future. After all, if we are to predict the future, we must first understand the foundations of our present.

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La evolución

The seed of ‘La Evolución’

Human palaeontology in Spain has experienced extraordinary growth in recent decades. In this work we investigate the influence that the book La evolución (1966) and its editors, Miquel Crusafont, Bermudo Meléndez, and Emiliano Aguirre, exerted on this explosion.

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Brian Villmoare

Evolution of the ‘Homo’ genus

This work reviews the main questions surrounding the evolution of the genus Homo, such as its origin, the problem of variability in Homo erectus and the impact of palaeogenomics.

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History and reality of the genus ‘Homo’

This article looks briefly at how our current supremely woolly concept of the genus Homo has come about, as background for urging a more rational approach to defining it.

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A brief history of palaeogenomics

The palaeogenomics (ancient DNA) field can be defined as the recovery and analysis of genetic material from the biological remains of the past and has become a powerful scientific field that provides direct information about the evolutionary process through space and time.

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