Why Do You Love Your Family?

[MUSIC] Thank you to 23andMe for supporting PBS Digital Studios This is Harrison. Harrison’s favorite hobbies include pooping, peeing, not sleeping, and costing me a fair amount of money. Not exactly the number one qualities you go looking for in a friend. Yet, I knew he was the world’s most perfect human the instant I […]

Hobbit histories: the origins of Homo floresiensis

This 9-millimetre-wide fragment of tiny molar was the first evidence of an ancient, equally tiny, human. It was found in a recent archaeological dig on an island in Indonesia, and sheds new light on the origins of the creatures known as hobbits. Back in 2004, strange bones were discovered in Liang Bua cave on the […]

When Hobbits Were Real

We’d like to thank Raycon wireless earphones for supporting PBS. In October 2004, our understanding of the human family tree was turned upside down. That’s when anthropologists reported that they’d discovered the bones of a tiny, unknown hominin, on the Indonesian island of Flores. This little creature stood only about a meter tall and had […]

Human Origins 101 | National Geographic

– [Narrator] Millions of years before industry, agriculture and civilization the world stage was set for one creature’s unprecedented rise. The story of humanity’s evolution began about seven million years ago when the human lineage broke away from that of chimpanzees. Over time an ensemble cast of over 20 early humans species or hominins came […]

Are You Related to Neanderthals?

Do neanderthals exist today? Well, no. Not at all. These guys went extinct a very long time ago, but it is very possible that most of you watching this video right now actually have a percentage of your genes inherited from the Neanderthals. Some of you might even have genetic inheritances from other human species, […]

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

The world we live in feels normal, ordinary. It feels like this is just how humans exist and always existed. But, it’s not. Never before have we humans lived in a world as sophisticated and engineered to our needs as today. Giving us the luxury to forget about ourselves and not worry about survival. Food, […]

CRISPR and the Future of Human Evolution

[MUSIC] Is there something you’d change about yourself? Not just your hairstyle, but down at the genetic level? For the first time in human history, the ability to build and select genetic traits is within reach. Problem is, no one’s played this game before. [music] Mutation and selection. These two principles have molded basically all […]

The Missing Link That Wasn’t

It’s 1912, and an amateur archaeologist named Charles Dawson came forward with a discovery that almost changed our understanding of human evolution. Almost. Dawson’s find was some unusual human-like skull fragments, and he showed them to the Keeper of Geology at the British Museum, Sir Arthur Smith Woodward. He explained that the fragments were given […]

Proof of evolution that you can find on your body

Your body is a temple, but it’s also a museum of natural history. Look closely and you’ll see parts that aren’t there because you need them but because your animal ancestors did. No longer serving their previous function but not costly enough to have disappeared, these remnants of our deep history only make sense within […]

Practical Importance of Human Evolution – Controversial Practical Applications – Ancestry Testing

>>Questions about ancestry testing frequently come up in my classes. The idea of ancestry testing is to use genetic data and evolutionary concepts to determine your genetic heritage. For example, how much of your genetic material is Irish? Or are you related to a famous person? Things like that. Does ancestry testing have a practical […]