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The Creature Connection: Our love for animals can be traced to our capacity to infer the mental states of others, which archaeological evidence suggests emerged more than 50,000 ago.
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This article is part of a NYTimes series on the relationship between humans and the animals we raise.From Single Cells, a Vast Kingdom Arose
: The beginning of animals is one of the more mysterious episodes in the history of life, and intermediate species are extinct.
Supremacy of a Social Network
: The ability to cooperate, to make individuals subordinate their strong sense of self-interest to the needs of the group, lies at the root of human achievement.
Emotional Power Broker of the Modern Family
: Pets alter not only a family’s routines but also its hierarchy, social rhythm and web of relationships.
For Whom the Cell Mutates
: The Origins of Genetic Quirks: While the origins of the cats at Hemingway’s longtime home in Key West, Fla., remain murky, the cause of their polydactyly is no longer a mystery.
No Face, but Plants Like Life Too
: Vegetable behavior, and other ruminations on what we kill so we can eat.