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VCE Biology Unit 4: Human evolution

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After the discovery of more than 500 hominin bones, scientists have realised the evolution of humankind is not as straight forward as Darwin first suggested. This clip uses a cladogram to explain a multi-branched evolutionary line as well as give a broad understanding of the species who evolved. 

Where did we come from? What makes us human? This three-part series investigates dramatic new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. The first program explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa

This second episode 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 final episode examines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals or exterminate them? As for Homo sapiens, we have planet Earth to ourselves today, but that's a very recent and unusual situation. For millions of years, many kinds of hominids co-existed. The program looks at why 'we' survived while those other ancestral cousins died out

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In which John Green and Hank Green teach you about how human primates moved out of Africa and turned Earth into a real-life Planet of the Apes...

Ayumu the chimpanzee has made headlines around the world for his ability to beat humans on memory tests, in both speed and accuracy.

 What caused us to split from the other great apes.


A look at the future evolution of humans and what they may look like in 5,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 years, assuming humans still exist that far in the future. Will humans evolve into superhumans or into Vogons? This list will outline seven major changes we can expect to see over the next hundred thousand years – if civilization continues along the same path it treads today.



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