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In this issue, read about the spread of Christianity, why H. Sapiens is still around, facial emotion perception, mechanisms of constitutional progress, and more. 

Latest Research

  • Letter |

    Akbarzadeh and Estrada mathematically characterize the properties of traffic flow and find that, in four different cities, there is more traffic not through the shortest paths, but through the communicability shortest paths, which assume an ‘all-routes’ flow.

    • Meisam Akbarzadeh
    •  & Ernesto Estrada
  • Article |

    Rutherford et al. analyse temporal, network and hierarchical effects to uncover, understand and quantify competing mechanisms of constitutional change worldwide.

    • Alex Rutherford
    • , Yonatan Lupu
    • , Manuel Cebrian
    • , Iyad Rahwan
    • , Brad L. LeVeck
    •  & Manuel Garcia-Herranz
  • Perspective |

    Human infants need a social environment to survive as they rely on caregivers to maintain allostasis. This Perspective proposes that the need of others to regulate physiological changes determines brain development, not only in the social domain.

    • Shir Atzil
    • , Wei Gao
    • , Isaac Fradkin
    •  & Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Letter |

    A study of intimate partner violence among the Tsimané forager-horticulturalists of Bolivia finds evidence that male aggression is leveraged to increase marital fertility and a man’s individual fitness when spouses differ in preferred family size.

    • Jonathan Stieglitz
    • , Benjamin C. Trumble
    • , Hillard Kaplan
    •  & Michael Gurven
  • Perspective |

    The success of humans as the last surviving species of the hominin clade may be explained by our ecological plasticity. Roberts and Stewart review evidence for human dispersal 300,000–12,000 years before present and propose that humans thrived via a unique ‘generalist specialist’ ecological niche.

    • Patrick Roberts
    •  & Brian A. Stewart
  • Review Article |

    Cullati and colleagues propose a framework to understand vulnerability in later life as a product of biological, psychological, cognitive, emotional, economical and relational ‘reserves’ built up over a lifetime, which can be called on to buffer against or recover from adversity.

    • Stéphane Cullati
    • , Matthias Kliegel
    •  & Eric Widmer

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  • Witchcraft beliefs are and have been widespread in human societies, but what impact do they have on social interactions and what cultural evolutionary function might they serve? Field experiments and network data show that the witchcraft label ‘Zhu’ influences labour-sharing and reproductive choices in a large network of southwest Chinese villages. Zhu is not an indicator of prosociality, but may function to spite or damage rivals.


Focus on Cooperation


Focus on Cooperation

Cooperation lies at the heart of human lives and society. Understanding how and when it succeeds and fails is key to solving global challenges. In this Focus issue, we pull together papers from across the journal's broad disciplinary scope to understand the state of knowledge on cooperation and highlight future research directions.

John Carson


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