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September 29, 2010

“The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals”

We have been continuously facing various environmental, social and psychological challenges since millions of years. Facing and overcoming challenges will continue until we go 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 just the advanced technological 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 over a tiniest period of the entire history of evolution. Believe it or not but we're very young species according to the entire 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. Even today, an individual is are taunted as monkey due to his/her behavior similar to monkeys.
 
In 19th century, contemporary society and scientific community couldn’t accept his conclusion drawn after his decades of study and research that apes (higher primates) and we share common ancestry. Debate is still continue, both in support and opposition of Darwinism.

However, a very few of us might know and recognize that same genius has laid the foundation stones of modern research of human emotions, their expressions, body language and nonverbal communication.
 
He also succeeded in finding and establishing similarities between human and animal expressions. Later, most other scientists and researchers re-visited, re-studied, re-verified and re-introduced the same conclusions in one or the another way.

His famous 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.

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 a bright light on human behavior, emotions and their expressions.

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