Ian Tattersall

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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Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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