Ian Tattersall

Sep. 11, 2015

Meet 'Homo Naledi,' Another Long-Lost Relative

Deep in a South African cave, in the so-called "dark zone" where no light penetrates, paleoanthropologists have made an extraordinary find: more than 1,500 bones, from at least 15 hominin individuals.

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


Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Science Goes to the Movies: Jurassic World

Paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara share what made them clap—and cringe—while watching Jurassic World.

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