A series of gene mutations have allowed humans to leave their technological mark on the world, writes Faye Flam at Bloomberg. People aren't the only animals that use tools, cooperate, or plan for the future, as Flam notes that crows, hyenas, and jays have shown they are capable of those respective tasks. But, she says, people have been shaped by natural selection to adapt to environments they've altered.

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