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Survivors of a Changing Environment

Photo of mountains of South China in the  background with fields in the foreground.
In what type of environment did early humans evolve? Was it the African savanna? Dr. Rick Potts talks about his research on early human adaptability to environmental change in East Africa and South...

Evidence for Human Evolution

A photo of a skeleton on the right side of the screen with four rows of skulls behind it to show evidence of human evolution.
Dr. Rick Potts uses fossils and artifacts to show how brains got bigger and tools became specialized as humans evolved. Fossil skulls reveal changes in the physical form of humans, from small brains...

One Species, Living Worldwide

A wide shot of thousands of people in Times Square, New York City. Used to show that the DNA of all human are 99.9% alike.
The billions of human beings living today all belong to one species: Homo sapiens. As in all species, there is variation among individual human beings, from size and shape to skin tone and eye color...

Hobbits on Flores, Indonesia

A man against a black background, holding a skull of a tiny hominin found on the island of Flores, Indonesia.
A tiny hominin found in 2003 on the island of Flores, Indonesia shook up the world of paleoanthropology because of its age and appearance. The tiny adult skeleton was just over three feet tall, so...

Early Human Diets Webcast with Briana Pobiner

Maggy Benson and anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner at a table that has human fossils on it. Dr. Pobiner is holding a skull.
In this video, anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner explains how cut marks on animal bones reveal early human diets.
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