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Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?
Why Do Nutcrackers Work? (Podcast)
Date: August 20, 2008
Running Time: 00:11:17
An interview with science historian Richard Carrier. It's not enough to know that a nutcracker works; a scientist needs to know why. Historian Richard Carrier recounts how, in ancient Greece, pondering the nutcracker led to the physics of levers. He describes how Aristotle and others shaped the beginnings of Western ... More »
This Evidence web project applies the general question "How do we know what we know?" to the specific question of human origins. It features interviews and interactives based on the work of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Spanning anthropology, biology, paleontology, and genetics, ... More »

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11/11/2008   
Geneticist Mark Stoneking discusses a special type of genetic material called mitochondrial D ...
 
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Learning from Neanderthal DNA (Video)
11/11/2008   
Evolutionary geneticist Ed Green discusses the key questions researchers hope to answer by analy ...
 
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What Can We Learn from a Tooth? (Video)
11/11/2008   
Anthropologist Tanya Smith explains that invisible microstructure inside teeth creates a durable r ...
 
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How Do Bones and Teeth Grow? (Video)
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Anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin explains that unlike teeth, bones undergo a lifelong process ...
 
00:02:25
Virtual Skull Reconstruction (Video)
11/11/2008   
Anthropologist Philipp Gunz explains the process of virtual fossil reconstruction, a technique ...