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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
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Human Evolution
 
PBS - The Human Spark

This PBS series explores what it was about homo sapiens that caused a cultural and technological explosion of creativity.
PBS Human Spark Episode One: On Becoming Us
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A major focus of this episode is the differences between Neanderthals and homo sapiens. This episode was initially shown on TV in January, 2010. Until an April, 2010 paper, the preponderance of evidence suggested that the Neanderthals were an evolutionary dead end, dying out when confronted by a wave of homo sapiens migrating out of Africa. Whether or not modern humans are directly descended from Neanderthals has gone back and forth since the dawn of anthropology. The anthropologist, Carlton Coon (1904-1981), has theorized that at least some human groups carry varying amounts of Neanderthal genes. Recent work suggests that the genes of many human groups are about 1 to 4% Neanderthal.

PBS Human Spark Episode Two: So Human, So Chimp
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PBS Human Spark Episode Three: Brain Matters



Jaw Muscle Defect and Human Evolution (how a mutation 2.4 million years ago may have opened the path for massive brain growth)

Language Evolution (Martin Soreno of UC San Diego Dept Cognitive Science presents his theory that language evolved not from alarm calls but from the yoking of "song" to pre-existing visual sequentual processing; the presentation of language theory begins at 30 minutes and the total video is 57 minutes)


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Human Origins - Arizona State University

Origins of Humankind - PBS slide show