January 11, 2013

How Did Humans Realize That Sex Makes Babies?

Bryan Lowder, Slate


AP Photo

When the Explainer asked you to vote on a favorite unanswered question of 2012, the majority opted for a rather lascivious query regarding why rich ladies sunbathe topless, and the Explainer has duly delivered your pound of flesh. But in perusing the runners-up, another question so intrigued the Explainer that he could not resist answering it as well: When and how did humankind figure out that sex is what causes babies?

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Anthropology, Human Evolution, Reproduction

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

October 18, 2013
Can a Single Skull Doom 14 Species?
Darren Curnoe, The Conversation
A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution.Its discoverers claim the find sinks more than a dozen species into a single... more ››
Science has come a long way since 1978, when Louise Joy Brown, the world's first successful 'test-tube baby', was born. Despite claims that these children were somehow going to be less natural, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has... more ››
October 12, 2013
Male Marsupials Die from Sex-Crazed Females
Hanna Rosin, Slate
There is a small mouse-like marsupial that lives in Australia, South America, and Papua New Guinea and that will die for love. In a brief and frenzied mating season, the males of this species will compete desperately for the... more ››
October 18, 2013
Did Ancient Humans Cross the 'Wallace Line'?
University of Adelaide
Scientists have proposed that the most recently discovered ancient human relatives - the Denisovans - somehow managed to cross one of the world's most prominent marine barriers in Indonesia, and later interbred with modern humans... more ››
October 18, 2013
Some Human Ancestors May Never Have Existed
Sid Perkins, Nature
One of the most complete early human skulls yet found suggests that what scientists thought were three hominin species may in fact be one. more ››