Becoming Human ---> The forces that fueled the evolution of Mankind

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    Part 1, "First Steps," examines the factors that caused us to split from the other great apes. The program explores the fossil of "Selam," also known as "Lucy's Child." Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged spent five years carefully excavating the sandstone-embedded fossil. NOVA's cameras are there to capture the unveiling of the face, spine, and shoulder blades of this 3.3 million-year-old fossil child. And NOVA takes viewers "inside the skull" to show how our ancestors' brains had begun to change from those of the apes.

    NOVA | Becoming Human Part 1

    In "Birth of Humanity," the second part of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us–"Turkana Boy"–an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya.

    The other programs in the series are Part 1: "First Steps," which looks at how, for millions of years, many species of small-brained human predecessors lived, and Part 3: "Last Human Standing," which examines why, of various human species that once shared the planet, only our kind remains.

    NOVA | Becoming Human Part 2

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    Fascinating series. They found that for 2.2 million years, our ancestors "flatlined" meaning no noticeable development. Then in a period of 200,000 years, the climate in Africa changed from monsoons, to desert to grasslands to humid to arid and mirroring that change was an explosion in human evolution. Perhaps it's why people can live in every environment.

    Very interesting.
     
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    Very interesting Dean,I have always been fasinated by the emergence of Homo Sapiens and their dominance and eventual elimination of Neanderthals,moreover the mixed breeding of the same,have you any info regarding this..steve.....mind you seeing whats happening in the world today,I really wonder if Neanderthals ever really became extint LOL
     
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    Cartoons for adults. Entertaining if you buy the concept. Science can't tell us why the globe was covered in ice 20,000 years ago but they are sure they figured out twenty million years of "evolution".
     
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    Apes to blacks to whites to Asians.
     
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    Well you were almost there Tank but you forgot..........Asians to Americans....just saying.theliq:cool:
     
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    This is a pretty crazy Non-Sequitur. Whether or not anyone can explain ice 20,000 years ago has nothing to do with the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. They are entirely different fields of study. They are "sure" they figured it out thanks to the mountains of evidence, whether from fossils, geology, DNA, or a whole host of other fields.

    This is like saying, "They can't cure cancer, but they can make planes fly? I call B.S.!"
     
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    OK Nate, let's put it this way, naturalists are conflicted about the evolutionary relationsip between birds and reptiles but it seems that NOVA has the far more complex evolutionary mystery of humans locked up at least for an entertaining hour of "what -if" cartoons.
     
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    You mean like how, in the case of Lucy's Child, they can call 'her' a bi-ped without any fucking leg bones???

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    You don't need leg bones to tell if an animal walks upright or not. The way the spinal column enters the base of the skull can show you that.
     

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