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Expert Blogger: Secrets of Abri Castanet by Randall White

When an ancient collapsed roof was found at the archaeological site Abri Castanet, Randall White was happy to try to pick up the pieces.

Jan 5th, 2010 | 7 comments

Expert Blogger: Spears, Arrows, and Poisons! by Veronica Waweru

Veronica Waweru describes some of her game-changing research on ancient hunting and what it was like to work with our television crew.

Jan 5th, 2010 | 12 comments

Spark Blog: Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Natural History

Director or Photography Larry Engel explains some of the work that went into lighting a scene at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Dec 21st, 2009 | 2 comments

Spark Blog: Filming on an Island of Monkeys

The Human Spark crew members had to keep our wits about us when we filmed on the Puerto Rican island of Cayo Santiago. It’s home to a free-ranging group of monkeys!

Dec 15th, 2009 | 1 comment

Expert Blogger: A Spark or an Ember? by John Shea

For John Shea, the way we posed our questions about the human spark got him pondering the evolution of our human uniqueness in a new way.

Dec 10th, 2009 | 8 comments

Spark Blog: Interview – John Shea, Paleoanthropologist

Here John Shea shares a bit more about his research interests – and what it’s like to be interviewed for television!

Dec 9th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Video – Making Stone Tools Is Sooo Millions of Years Ago

John Shea at Stony Brook University is keeping alive the stone toolmaking technologies used by our most ancient ancestors.

Nov 20th, 2009 | 3 comments

Spark Blog: Working (and Playing) with Primitive Technology

Larry Engel and the crew head to Stony Brook, where Alan Alda gets a lesson in primitive weapon- and bead-making from experimental archaeologist John Shea.

Oct 6th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda’s “King Kong” Encounter

Alan enters the lab at Yerkes hoping to learn about chimpanzees and facial recognition. But instead, the chimps show Alan and the crew who's boss.

Sep 4th, 2009 | 5 comments

Spark Blog: Chimpanzee Culture?

Psychologist Vicky Horner discusses research into chimpanzee cultural transmission. Do chimps have "culture" like humans?

Aug 26th, 2009 | 2 comments
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