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Web-Exclusive Video: Running = Big Brains?

Which came first – the running or the brain? Running could be the reason humans were able to hunt large game and consume the protein needed for a big brain.

Dec 17th, 2009 | Comments Off

Web-Exclusive Video: Social Mimicry and Positive Feelings

Duke University psychologist Tanya Chartrand enlists Alan as a participant in her research, and shows that subtle mimicry can lead to positive emotions.

Dec 16th, 2009 | Comments Off

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

Web-Exclusive Video: Monkeys and Magic Fruit

In this video, Laurie Santos pulls a switcheroo on her monkey research subjects. Will they notice when a fruit that starts rolling down a plank as a kiwi reaches the bottom as a lime?

Dec 14th, 2009 | 5 comments

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In the News: Monkey Brains Process Drumming Like Vocalizations

A new study looked at how macaque monkeys respond to other monkeys’ efforts at communication in the form of drumming or vocalizing.

Dec 11th, 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

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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

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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
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