This essay reviews one of the most recent books in a trend of new publications proffering evolutionary theorising about aesthetics and the artsâ€”themes within an increasing literature on aspects of human life and human nature in terms of evolutionary theory. Stephen Daviesâ€™ The Artful Species links some of our aesthetic sensibilities with our evolved human nature and critically surveys the interdisciplinary debate regarding the evolutionary status of the arts. Daviesâ€™ engaging and accessible writing succeeds in demonstrating the maturity and scope of the field and his critique is timely and unparalleled. A laudable effort, however it may have benefited from espousing a co-evolutionary model more explicitly. Moreover there may be reason to question the usefulness of the standard set of distinctions (â€˜adaptationâ€™, â€˜spandrelâ€™, â€˜technologyâ€™) that Davies appeals to.