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Category: History

PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century – Years of Eruption

The Roman Empire in the First Century: Episode 4. Years of Eruption. Rival generals fight for control in Rome; Mount Vesuvius erupts; Emperor Trajan expands the empire. Empires is a series of epic historical films which present the people and passions that have changed the world. Developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE), a Washington, …

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PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century – Winds of Change

The Roman Empire in the First Century: Episode 3. Claudius rules; Britain battles Roman legions; in Judea, Paul tells of Jesus; Rome verges on disaster Despite Cladius lack of experience, he proved to be an able and efficient administrator. Also an ambitious builder, ordering construction of many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the Empire. …

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PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century – Years of Trial

The Roman Empire in the First Century: Episode 2. Caligula grips Rome in fear; Judea’s religious and political establishment finds Jesus a threat. Empires is a series of epic historical films which present the people and passions that have changed the world. Developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE), a Washington, DC based global television …

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PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century – Order from Chaos

The Roman Empire in the First Century: Episode 1. Rome rises under Caesar Augustus’ compassion and violence. Empires is a series of epic historical films which present the people and passions that have changed the world. Developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE), a Washington, DC based global television program development and distribution company.

UCLA: Chris Stringe | The Origin of Us | Fossil Record of Anatomically Modern Humans

This series “The Origin of Us” is hosted by the University of California takes a fresh look at the questions of where we come from with a critical examination of the available evidence from multiple sources. Evidence points strongly to Africa as the major center for the genetic, physical and behavioral origins of both ancient …

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The Origin of Us – Spread of Humans Ancient African Languages Stone Tools and Cognition

One of the enduring questions of human origins is when, where and how we “Behaviorally Modern Humans” emerged and why and how we eventually replaced all the other human-like species. This series is hosted by the University of California takes a fresh look at the questions of where we come from with a critical examination …

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The Origin of Us – Fossils of Modern Humans Interbreeding within and outside of Africa

Some enduring questions of human origins is when, where and how we “Behaviorally Modern Humans” emerged and why and how we eventually replaced all the other human-like species. This series hosted by The University of California takes a fresh look at the situation today with a critical examination of the available evidence from multiple sources. Chris …

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UCLA: Lyn Wadlay | The Origin of Us: African Climate of the Last 400000 Years East African and South African Evidence

One of the enduring questions of human origins is when, where and how we “Behaviorally Modern Humans” emerged and why and how we eventually replaced all the other human-like species. This series hosted by the University of California with Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution) leads off with a talk about African Climate of the Last 400,000 Years, …

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UCLA: Sarah Tishkoff | CARTA | Culture-Gene Interactions

There are individuals who maintain the ability to digest milk into adulthood due to a genetic adaptation in populations that have a history of pastoralism. Sarah Tishkoff from the University of Pennsylvania presents her latest studies of the genetic basis of lactose tolerance in African pastoralist populations. Her team has identified several mutations that arose …

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Eric Sanderson pictures New York — before the City

Eric Sanderson shares at TED how he made a 3D map of Manhattans fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife — accurate down to the block — when Times Square was a wetland.

UCLA: CARTA: The Evolution of Human Nutrition

Tracing the evolution of the human diet from our earliest ancestors can lead to a better understanding of human adaptation in the past. It may also offer clues to the origin of many health problems we currently face, such as obesity and chronic disease. University of California presents; Steven Leigh (Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) …

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David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TED presents David Christian who in this talk from April 2011, he narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Featured image …

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Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin: Neanderthals Deciphered

Fora TV presents Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He details the curious discovery of a genetic integration between Neanderthals and modern humans around 60,000 years ago. The Neanderthals are a now-extinct species or subspecies within the genus Homo and closely related to modern humans. They  partly evolved in and around Europe. The first proto-Neanderthal traits appeared in Europe as early …

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AMNH: Who Was the Hobbit?

  Ian Tattersall, paleoanthropologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, describes the discovery of the LB1 bones (nicknamed the “hobbit”), and the mystery surrounding the nearly complete skeleton. Two biological anthropologists try lifting the veil obscuring one of paleoanthropology’s intriguing mysteries in this light-hearted debate: who was the hobbit? Found on an …

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TED: Sarah Parcak | Archaeology from space

ED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of “space archeology” — using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.  

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