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Radio Curious revisits a conversation with Gregory Cochran, physicist, anthropologist, and co-author of the book “The 10,000 Year Explosion – How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution,” which explores how changes in human biology have evolved from civilization.
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Have humans changed in the last 10,000 years? Are we biologically the same as we have been for the past 60,000 years? Recent evidence suggests that so called civilization has promoted rapid evolutionary change in our species in the last 10,000 years.
In this edition of Radio Curious we visit with Gregory Cochran, a physicist and anthropologist, who is the co-author of the book “The 10,000 Year Explosion – How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution”. His book asserts that changes in human biology, lactose tolerance and resistance to malaria for example, represent human evolution accelerated by civilization.
In this, the first of two Radio Curious conversations with Gregory Cochran we discuss some of these evolutions.
I spoke with Gregory Cochran from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 23rd, 2009 and began by asking him what biological indications exist to show an increase in human evolution in the past 10,000 years and why they occurred.
The book Gregory Cochran recommends is “Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Re-Wilding of America” by Paul S. Martin.
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The 10,000 Year Explosion – How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution Part One