Animal behaviour: Lethal violence deep in the human lineage

  title={Animal behaviour: Lethal violence deep in the human lineage},
  author={Mark Pagel},
  • M. Pagel
  • Published 13 October 2016
  • Biology
  • Nature
Researchers estimate that the incidence of human lethal violence at the time of the origin of our species was about six times higher than for the average mammal, but about as violent as expected, given our great-ape ancestry. See Letter p.233 The philosopher Thomas Hobbes said that people are inherently violent; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, that people are usually peaceable. The reality presumably lies somewhere in between, but where? Here Jose Maria Gomez et al. present a phylogenetic analysis of… 
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