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In the News: Primate Planning

A chimp named Santino at a Swedish zoo seems to be forcing a more nuanced picture of what types of anticipation and planning our closest relatives are capable of.

Apr 7th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Rewriting the History of the Modern Human Mind

Just ten years ago, the prevailing view was that the modern human mind suddenly gelled in Europe some 35,000 years ago. Alison Brooks and her colleague Sally McBrearty have challenged that notion.

Mar 17th, 2009 | 3 comments

Spark Blog: The Science Behind Why Chimps Are Not Pets

Researcher Brian Hare is an advocate for eliminating the chimpanzee pet trade. In the wake of the chimp attack, Brian explains the science behind his stance.

Mar 6th, 2009 | 2 comments

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In the News: Ancient Footprints

Anthropologists recently announced they’ve discovered the first example of footprints from the early human species Homo erectus.

Mar 5th, 2009 | Comments Off

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In the News: Nobel Conference – Who Were the First Humans?

Gustavus Adolphus College hosted a conference last October focused squarely on the idea of “The Human Spark.” We've met with many of the speakers.

Feb 24th, 2009 | 2 comments

Spark Blog: Video: North Carolina Through the Looking Glass

Larry Engel discusses the challenges and joys of filming Alan with the chimps at the North Carolina Zoo.

Jan 16th, 2009 | 1 comment

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In the News: Counting Without Numbers

One of the earliest things American children are taught is how to count items out loud. But how much do we understand about numbers before we learn this vocabulary?

Dec 23rd, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda Meets the Chimps

We went to the North Carolina Zoo to meet the chimpanzees -- and evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare. Here's what happened...

Dec 19th, 2008 | 1 comment

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In The News: The End of Evolution?

British geneticist Steve Jones has lately made the provocative assertion that human evolution is coming to its end. What do you think?

Dec 12th, 2008 | 6 comments

Spark Blog: Video: Scientist Tanya Chartrand on Filming with Alan Alda

Watch Tanya Chartrand describe what it was like for her as a scientist to be involved in a television shoot for "The Human Spark."

Dec 10th, 2008 | Comments Off
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