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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 on Spark Blog: Interview – John Shea, Paleoanthropologist

In the News

In the News: For Chimps, Ask and Ye Shall Receive

A new study suggests that chimpanzees do help out other chimps – but are much more likely to help if the chimp in need basically asks for it.

Dec 3rd, 2009 | 1 comment

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

In the News

In the News: 2009 Kistler Prize to Dr. Svante Pääbo

Dr. Svante Pääbo, an evolutionary biologist featured in The Human Spark, was recently awarded the 2009 Kistler Prize. Watch video of Dr. Pääbo with Alan Alda.

Nov 10th, 2009 | 2 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

In the News

In the News: What Does Ape Behavior Say About Us?

Scientists are attacking the question of how we became human from a number of new directions – in addition to analyzing the evidence of ancient fossils.

Sep 18th, 2009 | 6 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Chimp Emotions

Check out this video to learn more about Lisa Parr's studies on chimp emotions and what these studies can tell us about the human spark.

Sep 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on Web-Exclusive Video: Chimp Emotions

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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