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Tag: Human Evolution

Nature video: Printing Lucy

Researchers believe they’ve discovered how Lucy, a 3.2 million year old human relative, died. To convince others of their theory, the researchers released 3D scans of Lucy’s bones. In this Nature Video we 3D print Lucy’s bones to see for ourselves.  

TED: How humans could evolve to survive in space | Lisa Nip

If we hope to one day leave Earth and explore the universe, our bodies are going to have to get a lot better at surviving the harsh conditions of space. Using synthetic biology, Lisa Nip hopes to harness special powers from microbes on Earth — such as the ability to withstand radiation — to make …

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Vox: Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

You have your mom’s smile, your dad’s eyes, and the ear muscles of a Triassic mammal.  

Cambridge University: ‘Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals

New digital techniques have allowed researchers to predict structural evolution of the skull in the lineage of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, in an effort to fill in blanks in the fossil record, and provide the first 3D rendering of their last common ancestor. Here, lead researcher Dr. Aurélien Mounier from Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for Human …

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Big Think: “Hey Bill Nye, Is Human Empathy an Evolutionary Advantage?”

. A young Norwegian has a burning question about evolution and human feelings. Is it only our bodies that evolve, or do our emotions adapt to the world, too?  

Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Key Discovery in Human Dietary Evolution

Curator of Physical Anthropology Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie discusses his recent research that shows our primate ancestors included grass-based foods into their diet 400,000 years earlier than previously thought. This dietary change marks a significant step towards more diverse eating habits that became a key human characteristic. This research provides a clearer picture of a time …

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SciShow: Milk, and the Mutants That Love It

Got milk? Fact is, most people don’t — and shouldn’t — because for them, ice cream and milkshakes are basically toxic. So why can some people drink milk and survive? Turns out they’re mutants!  

TED: Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

eventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did …

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University of California: Human-Climate Interactions and Evolution: Past and Future

This symposium presents varied perspectives from earth scientists, ecologists, and paleoanthropologists on how climate may have shaped human evolution, as well as the prospects for the future of world climate, ecosystems, and our species. Elizabeth Hadly begins with a discussion about A Tipping Point: Using the Past to Forecast Our Future, followed by Naomi Oreskes …

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TED Ed: The evolution of the human eye

The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to a few quadrillion, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. How did these complex structures evolve? Joshua Harvey details the 500 million year story of the …

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Svante Pääbo: A Neanderthal Perspective on Human Origins

The Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of all present-day human and the Neanderthal genome sequence provides unique insights into modern humans origins. Svante Pääbo, a biologist and evolutionary anthropologist, describe the current understanding of the genetic contributions of Neanderthals to present-day humans and to extinct human groups. He also describes preliminary analyses of genomic …

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CARTA: Violence in Human Evolution | Resources and War | Hunter-Gatherers and Human Nature

In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a …

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University of California: Violence in Human Evolution | Neuroendocrineology; Intergroup Violence; Humanity and Savagery

In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a …

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Laurie Santos: The Evolution of Irrationality – Insights from Primates

The ancestral history of humans and primates is extensive, but can it explain even our financial choices? New experiments in “monkeynomics” demonstrate that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices we do — but sometimes they make smarter choices. Yale University comparative psychologist Laurie Santos explores the roots of human irrationality by watching …

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Svante Paabo: Archaic Genomics

Svante Paabo – Director, Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany Hosted by Genome Canada. Featured image: Chris Stringers hypothesis of the family tree of genus Homo, published in Nature (“Evolution: What makes a modern human”). Homo floresiensis originated in an unknown location from unknown ancestors and reached remote parts of Indonesia. Homo erectus spread …

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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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