Lee Berger

Sep. 09, 2011

Examining Ancient Fossils for Clues to Human Origins

Paleoanthropologists discuss recent research on the physical features of an ancient hominid.

hominid, homo, fossil, berger, anthropology, paleoanthropology

Mar. 14, 2008

A New Species, or Just Small Humans?

The discovery of unusual skeletal remains on the islands of Palau suggests that the so-called 'hobbits' found several years ago in Indonesia may have been dwarf humans, not a separate species.

flores, pygmy, dwarf, human evolution, hominid, skeleton, fossils, anthropology


Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Cephalopod Spectacular


Mystery Box

Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\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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