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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RESTREPO, Jorge Emiro. Biología evolutiva y psicología evolucionista. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.3, pp.428-451. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: The text details the fundamental elements of the biological evolution in terms of evolutionary ecology. The origin of adaption, how it is sustained through time and how in contributes to the evolutionary process of organisms are concepts analyzed throughout the document. Objective: To present mankind biological evolution in terms of an evolutionary ecology that contributes to the compression of the current human behavior as a possible phylogene-tic remainder of their necessities in previous times of its biological history. Method: Human biological origin is tracked starting from the first multicellular organisims to the chordates, vertebrates, mammals, primates and hominids. The biological characteristics of each group of organisms are studied from an evolutionary ecology point of view, which allows understanding the way these characteristics arise in answer to the diverse coexistent ecological distress. Results: It is concluded that the scientific program that seeks to understand the evolution of the mind and of the behavior through the study of mankind biological evolution, this is, the evolutionist psychology, has a rich horizon ahead. However, these studies should be carried out with extreme caution and fineness because the possibility to incur in spurious inferences is very likely.

Keywords : Evolution; ecology; behavior; brain; hominid.

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