Origins of Us
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We've uncovered the secrets of the atom, built machines to go to the stars, and are changing the very face of the planet. In some ways, human supremacy feels inevitable. But how did we get here? The answer is closer that you think… The story of how we came to dominate the planet starts within every one of us. Each of us carries with us the evidence of 6 million years of human evolution. Our body holds all the clues we need to unpick the epic story our extraordinary evolution from apeman to spaceman.
|1||VideoBones||In the first episode, we will start deep within the body with the human skeleton. The source of all our physical power, this is where human evolution began, with arguably our most fundamental adaptation – standing upright. We chart the massive advantages this skeletal change brought us - from hunting, to tool use, to increased penis size – and the staggering price we’ve had to pay. Along the way, we’ll also discover new insights into the way we live today. What running shoes should we be wearing? Why do we have hair under our arms? And is back pain an inevitable consequence of simply standing up?||59:02||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoGuts||Episode two starts with our stomach. Food is everything when it comes to survival, yet our stomach is less than a third of the size expected for a typical mammal our weight. So what is going on? The answer takes us from guts and teeth to sex. More than anything this is a story about a revolution in our understanding of gender roles. From an emphasis on 'man the hunter' and meat as the driving force in our evolution, scientists now think it's women and cooking vegetables that enabled our greatest evolutionary leap – our large brain. The food we evolved to eat is fundamental to understanding the way we live behave today. What diet is our body perfectly designed for? Are we really wired to be monogamous? And do men really take more risks than women?||58:59||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoBrains||In the third episode we delve into the most powerful of human traits – our enormous brain. Three times larger than expected, surely this more than anything explains our domination of the planet? It's taken us from banging stones and grunting to space travel and Proust. But how and why did it evolve? Understanding what shaped our brain’s evolution gives a unique insight into our behaviour today – from social class to teenage tantrums. But is our brain really the key to understanding our unique place in the planet? We are just one of many human-like species that once roamed the planet. Is it our intelligence that led to our success over Neanderthals and others? New research suggests it might in fact be something far more basic…||58:18||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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