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Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?

Abstract

This commentary focuses on the question of the uniqueness of humans in comparison to other species and on the false assumption that single arguments support logical conclusions. Comparative analysis of genetic data in humans and nonhuman primates regarding the dopaminergic system of the subcortical mesolimbic reward system highlights homologous traits shared and modified by the process of evolution. Such an analytical approach is more relevant than claims of uniqueness.

Author Biography

Bernard Wallner is Professor of Comparative Anthropology. Research topics are behavioral endocrinology and behavioral molecular biology. Website


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