educational resources

Educational Resources


Making sense of hominin DNA
From a May, 2010 Evo in the News story from NESCent and Understanding Evolution. An interview with John Hawks about Neandertals and Denisovians.

The evolutionary history of jogging.
From the March, 2010 Evo in the News story from NESCent and Understanding Evolution. An interview with Dr. Daniel Schmitt about human anatomy and running.

Evolving altitude aptitude
From the 2009 NABT Evolution Symposium. Interviews with meeting participants from NESCent about their work in high altitude adaptation. An Evo in the News story from Understanding Evolution may be found here.

Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color.
From TED Talks on human evolution. TED talks feature engaging speakers on fascinating subjects. Other speakers include Louise Leaky digging for humanity's origins (, Spencer Wells on a family tree for humanity (, and Zeresenay Alemseged looks for humanity's roots (

Darwin's Birthday Suit: The Evolution of Human Skin and Skin Color
From the UCTV Evolution series. 58 minutes. Nina Jablonski looks at the evolution of human pigmentation. It was noted by Darwin and others that humans who lived closer to the equator had darker skins. Is this a functional adaptation to sun exposure, or is there something more at play here?

Redrawing the lines between Chimps and Humans
From the UCTV Evolution series. 58 minutes. 'Almost Chimpanzee' author Jon Cohen recounts the captivating story of how researchers cracked the code of the chimpanzee genome, providing a startling new window into the differences between humans and their nearest primate cousins that ultimately redefines what it means to be human.

Bones, Stones and Genes: The origin of modern humans
2011 Holiday Lecture. Webcast October 6 and 7, 2011. DVDs, online lectures and resources available 2012.

Human Evolution: Investigating Our Origins
From the California Academy of Sciences. Three one-hour lectures:

A Bite Through Time Tanya Smith
The Evolution of Human DietTheresa Steele
From Bones to BodiesAdrienne Zihlman