Ian Tattersall

Jun. 12, 2015

The Peculiarity of Homo Sapiens

Modern humans are the only surviving hominin from what was once a rich, fairly bushy family tree. But why did we alone survive?

Apr. 06, 2012

How Homo sapiens Became Masters of the Planet

Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall discusses our human origins in Masters of the Planet.

paleontology, human origins, paleoanthropology, anthropology

Mar. 26, 2010

A New Human Relative, From a DNA Sample?

Genetic analysis of DNA from a single prehistoric finger bone may point to a new branch of the human family tree.

anthropology, palontology, bone, genetics, dna

Oct. 02, 2009

Early Hominid Fossil Find

Researchers unveiled several studies of an early hominid known as Ardipithecus ramidus. We'll find out how those studies affect our understanding of human evolution.

ardi, fossil, hominid, evolution

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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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