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“The expression of emotions in man and animals”

We have been continuously facing various environmental, social, and psychological challenges since millions of years and this will continue until we become extinct. Despite of modernity and inventions, we live almost same way the other creatures do. Yet many people would out-rightly deny that humans are advanced creatures.

Common Human and Ape ancestry
Though we share most of our characteristics with other creatures, it might be quite hard for most of us to regard ourselves as an 'animal race'. Though scientific and technological advancements separate humans from other of creatures, this accomplishment has been done in very tiniest part of entire history of evolution. Believe it or not but we're very young species according to earth's history.

Sir Charles Darwin - the founder of “Theory of Evolution” was once criticized through a cartoon in which he was depicted as an ape, holding a mirror in front of another ape’s face seating next to him. In 19th century, contemporary society and scientific community couldn’t accept his conclusion drawn that apes (higher primates) and we share common ancestry. Debates still continue both supporting and opposing Darwinism.

However, very few of us might know that same genius laid foundation stones of modern research of body language and nonverbal communication. His book “The expression of emotions in man and animals” is one of the preliminary writings that covers valuable conclusions drawn after closely observing humans and animals communicating nonverbally. He also succeeded in finding similarities between human and animal expressions. Later, most other scientists and researchers re-studied and re-introduced same conclusions in one or another way.

Modern methodologies and technologies have being trying to find out behavioral origin inside our brain. Eventually, this quest has brought revolution in this field of science. It's Darwin's greatest gift for all of us which is shedding light on human behavior, emotions and their expressions.

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