The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence

  title={The phylogenetic roots of human lethal violence},
  author={J. M. G{\'o}mez and Miguel Calvo Verd{\'u} and A. Gonz{\'a}lez-Meg{\'i}as and M. M{\'e}ndez},
  • J. M. Gómez, Miguel Calvo Verdú, +1 author M. Méndez
  • Published 2016
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The psychological, sociological and evolutionary roots of conspecific violence in humans are still debated, despite attracting the attention of intellectuals for over two millennia. Here we propose a conceptual approach towards understanding these roots based on the assumption that aggression in mammals, including humans, has a significant phylogenetic component. By compiling sources of mortality from a comprehensive sample of mammals, we assessed the percentage of deaths due to conspecifics… CONTINUE READING
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