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Human Evolution

Web-Exclusive Video: Managing Archaeological Finds

Have you ever wondered about how archaeologists keep track of the tiny shards of bone or ancient tools they uncover at their dig sites?

Jan 4th, 2010 | Comments Off

Program Two: So Human, So Chimp: Video Excerpt: Monkey Business

Alan Alda visits Yale University’s Laurie Santos at a small Caribbean island where she is studying rhesus monkeys’ ability to steal grapes…and read minds.

Jan 3rd, 2010 | 11 comments

Program Two: So Human, So Chimp: Video Excerpt: Chimps vs. Children

Alan Alda finds out how children will help—and like it, while chimps are less inclined to offer enthusiastic assistance.

Dec 30th, 2009 | 1 comment

Web-Exclusive Video: You + Me = We

All our shared values that allow us to cooperate and collaborate lend a “we-ness” to the human species that is certainly lacking in our primate relatives.

Dec 30th, 2009 | 4 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Neanderthal Burial?

Alan Alda learns that what had been believed to be a purposeful burial of a Neanderthal child now isn’t looking like such solid proof of ritualistic behavior.

Dec 29th, 2009 | 4 comments

Program One: Becoming Us: Video Excerpt: Wearing Grandma’s Teeth

Alan Alda vists the rock shelter of Abri Castanet in Southwest France where he is shocked to learn about some of our ancestors’ early behaviors.

Dec 28th, 2009 | 2 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Human Spark = Spite?

Scientist Keith Jensen plays the Ultimatum Game with Alan Alda and shows him the differences between how humans and chimps react to various offers.

Dec 28th, 2009 | 1 comment

Program One: Becoming Us: Video Excerpt: Stone-Age Throwing Spears

Alan Alda joins John Shea for a lesson on Primitive Technology. Alan makes hand axes like a Neanderthal, but throws a pretty mean spear at an unsuspecting doe.

Dec 24th, 2009 | 5 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Less Spark, More Smolder?

Alan Alda travels to a French cave called Roc de Marsal, where archaeologists are becoming experts on Neanderthal life.

Dec 23rd, 2009 | 1 comment

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
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