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Rise of Humans
Great Scientific Debates
Lectures by Professor John Hawks

Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates (2011) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates at TheGreatCourses.com

Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. One of the core things we want to know is how we came to be. Thousands of years ago, human civilizations developed elaborate stories to explain the origins of humans. But today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than ever before to learning the true story. In recent decades, paleoanthropology has exploded, bringing us closer than ever before to making sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins. It's also sparked continued debate among the greatest minds in the field and prompted anthropologists to revise, update, and even, in some cases, overturn ideas and theories about key issues in human evolution.

  • Was Australopithecus afarensis really our earliest ancestor?
  • Did early humans evolve in Africa alone, or in regions throughout the world?
  • Do Neandertals play an important role in our genetic heritage and, if so, how?
  • Why did prehistoric humans form cooperative communities and create art?

Complete your understanding of the most up-to-date science behind our origins with The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates. Delivered by expert paleoanthropologist and professor John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, these 24 lectures bring you to the forefront of scientific arguments and questions that will become more important in the coming years. Surveying both the questions that continue to rile the world's greatest minds in anthropology and the cutting-edge science responsible for them, this course is an expert guide to the wide-ranging debates over the most essential questions we can ask. Meticulously crafted and packed with insights, this rewarding and sometimes even provocative course is a fascinating investigation of the branches, trunk, and roots of the greatest family tree there is.

Professor John Hawks is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the first paleoanthroplogists to combine fossil and genetic information to test hypotheses about human prehistory. His groundbreaking work on Neanderthals was featured in the Nation Geographic Channel documentary Neanderthal Code. Professor Hawks also writes one of the most popular science blogs on the latest developments in paleoanthropology.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Ramapithecus - Ape Man 13: Presapiens or Preneandertal?
2: Australopithecus afarensis - Ancestor or Not? 14: What Do Stone Tools Reveal about Early Man?
3: Ardipithecus - Hominin or Not? 15: Did Neandertals Speak?
4: Brain Structure versus Brain Size 16: Neandertals - Extinct or Ancestors
5: The Dietary Hypothesis 17: Is Our Neandertal Heritage Important?
6: Africa or Asia? 18: Multiregional Evolution versus Out of Africa
7: An Ape's View of the Oldowan 19: Climate's Impact on Our Evolution
8: Who Was Homo habilis? 20: Language - Adaptation or Spandrel?
9: How Big Was Homo erectus? 21: Why Did Humans Start Creating Art?
10: The Movius Line 22: Clovis or Pre-Clovis?
11: The Hobbits of Flores 23: Farming - Migration or Diffusion?
12: Archaeology and Cooperation 24: Are Humans Still Evolving?


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Rise of Humans
Great Scientific Debates
Lectures by Professor John Hawks

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates
for taking us step-by-step through the rise of humans from hominids.