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Looking into Lucy

First it was a knee bone, then a piece of an elbow. An anthropologist saw deep into the past when he discovered a skeleton in Ethiopia that represented a group of human ancestors. Dr. Biology talks with anthropologist Donald Johanson about the bits and pieces of Lucy and the interesting past that arose with her bones.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
What is paleoanthropology? 00:50
Learning about anthropologist field work. 01:27
When and where Lucy's skeleton was found. 02:08
The puzzle of putting skeletons back together. 03:23
How did Lucy differ from modern humans? 04:17
How old was Lucy when she died? 05:24
Are teeth bones? 06:06
What did Lucy eat? 06:33
Eating insects. 07:26
What climate did Lucy experience? 07:41
When did humans start using language? 08:18
How we know when language developed. 08:48
Humans and apes have an ape-like common ancestor. 09:30
How do you decide what makes a different species? 11:23
Other early human species. 12:51
Where are Lucy's bones? 13:21
Cast of Lucy at the Institute of Human Origins (ASU). 13:55
Other locations to see casts of Lucy's bones. 14:61
How Lucy was named. 14:38
Beatles in the dark. 15:39
How is Neanderthal pronounced? 15:46
Hominid vs. Hominin 16:31
Taxonomy on Ask A Biologist . 17:21
Are humans still evolving? 17:28
Three questions 18:39
When did you first know you wanted to be an anthropologist? 18:49
What would you be if you could not be an anthropologist? 20:34
The inspiration of telescopes. 21:33
What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an anthropologist? 22:13
The importance of having a mentor. 23:21
Do you have to go to Africa for paleoanthropology work? 24:04
Moving out of Africa. 24:52
When did people first reach North America? 25:17
Sign-off 25:43

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Looking into Lucy

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