Australian born, Danny Vendramini had successful careers as a theater and film director and scriptwriter before turning to evolutionary biology. In 2005, Vendramini proposed that evolution is not moderated by a single evolutionary process (natural selection) but by two separate and distinct evolutionary processes. His 2005 paper, 'Noncoding DNA and the teem theory of inheritance, emotions and innate behaviour' argued that emotions, innate behaviors and instincts in multicellular animals are moderated by a second evolutionary process which he called teemosis. Vendramini's paper on teem theory was the first new holistic theory of evolution published in a scientific journal since Darwin. A book expanding on teem theory, 'The Second Evolution' is due out in late 2012.
Vendramini is also the author of 'Them and Us: How Neanderthal predation created modern humans' (2009) which argued that archaic human females in the Middle East were subjected to sexual predation by Neanderthal males between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago. Vendramini argues that this sustained period of sexual and cannibalistic predation transformed our archaic stone-age ancestors into fully modern humans who then exterminated the predatory Neanderthals.
The core aspects of his Neanderthal predation theory were confirmed in 2010 by the publication of the 'Draft Sequence of the Neanderthal Genome' which convincingly demonstrated interbreeding between Neanderthal males and human females in the Middle East prior to the global dispersal of modern humans.
A TV series based on his book is in the pipeline.
Vendramini lives in Sydney, and is married to the New Zealand writer, Dr. Rosie Scott.