Daily Archives: 10/08/2020

Viruses: their extraordinary role in shaping human evolution

Get three issues of BBC Science Focus Magazine for only £5 Viruses give us infections from the common cold to COVID-19 and AIDS. But research shows that they may also have played a key role in shaping the evolution of Homo sapiens. Coronavirus, Zika, Ebola, flu, even the boring old common cold – we’re all […]

HIV is a modern-day driving force for human evolution. Will covid help?

Are humans still evolving? For much of nature, natural selection and ‘survival of the fittest’ still play a dominant role; only the strongest can survive in the wild. As little as a few hundred years ago, the same was true for humans, but what about now?  Nowadays, with the availability of better healthcare, food, heating […]

The evolution of the concepts of seizures and epilepsy: What’s in a name?

This review aims to highlight the historical hallmarks in the development of the concepts of seizures and epilepsy. It begins with a discussion of seizure semiology and terminology, followed by the pathophysiology of seizures. We then discuss the definition of epilepsy, its etiologies, and ultimately classification schemes. Each section starts with our current views and […]

Cradle in the Tree of Life

Part II by Dr. Donald Perry Dr. Perry welcomes your comments and questions. Please email him at canopy evolution at gmail.com The fruits of our creativity – music, dance, mathematics, technology, and our awareness of the universe – are the result of evolutionary events that occurred in the murky depths of humanity’s distant past. Where and why this creative mind […]