The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

Articles written for the GLP list the source as Genetic Literacy Project. All other articles were written for the sources noted with excerpts provided by the GLP.
stone

Human brains have been shrinking since the Stone Age. We don’t know why

Discover | 
It’s something of a well-known secret among anthropologists: Based on measurements of skulls, the average brain volume of Homo sapiens has reportedly decreased by roughly ...
marathon kpc

How the evolution of our ability to run marathons ‘made us human’

Discover | 
Let’s call it the “running made us human” hypothesis: According to some scientists, distance running was key to our ancestors’ ...
breastfeeding motherhood mother

Evolutionary riddle: Why humans have breasts?

Discover | 
Over the years, researchers have proposed a number of explanations for human breasts. Some claimed evolution favored “pendulous” breasts — as scientists ...
2-26-2019 neanderthal dna still runs in our genomes complicating the story of our origins

Were Neanderthals doomed by their inbreeding?

Discover | 
Mounting evidence suggests Neanderthals also had a habit of inbreeding, or conceiving with close relatives. Several studies have now reported ...
2-12-2019 dji creditjacobdavis

Ancient African DNA reveals insights before slavery, colonialism

Discover | 
[B]ones between 5,000 and 15,000 years old — surrounding the start of the Holocene, our current geologic epoch — can ...
1-31-2019 b e f bbd dbb

Why does human skin color have so much variation?

Discover | 
Human skin color reflects an evolutionary balancing act tens of thousands of years in the making. There’s a convincing explanation ...
Neanderthal language e

Did Neanderthals have their own language?

Discover | 
Did Neanderthals have language? Before trying to answer that, I should admit my bias: I’m team Neanderthal. As an anthropologist ...
Screen Shot at PM

DNA of God: Did humans evolve a need for religion?

Discover | 
[H]ow does evolution explain religion? Leading scholars propose a two-phase hypothesis (here, here): First, our ancestors evolved certain mental abilities, useful ...
Screen Shot at PM

Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...