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Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

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Where and when did humans arise? What distinguishes us from other species? Did our distant ancestors look and behave like us?

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When Darwin proposed that humans evolved from a common ancestor with the great apes, he lacked fossil evidence to support his idea. One hundred and fifty years later, the evidence for human evolution is plentiful and growing, including detailed molecular genetics data, an impressive fossil record, and artifacts of early human culture like stone tools.

Leading scientists John Shea of Stony Brook University, Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, guide us on a global exploration spanning millions of years to illuminate the rise of modern humans.

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by Tim D. White, PhD

How reasoning and evidence are used to understand human evolution.

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by Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD

Genetic evidence shows that humans evolved in Africa and continue to evolve.

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by John J. Shea, PhD

Stone tools are well-preserved evidence of past human activity.

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by Tim D. White, PhD

The hominid fossil record of the past six million years gives us surprising insights into the path of human evolution.

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by Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD and Michael C. Campbell, PhD

How humans perceive bitter taste, and the evolution of taste perception.

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by Charles Petit, John J. Shea, PhD, Ann Gibbons, Tim D. White, PhD, Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD, Sean B. Carroll, PhD

Second discussion in the 2011 Holiday Lectures on human evolution, on how to effectively report scientific results to the...

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In four presentations, leading scientists John Shea of Stony Brook University, Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, guide us on a global exploration spanning millions of years to illuminate the rise of modern humans.

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