Scientific Methods

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Hi Everyone

Here is the abstract and link for the Video APE to MAN.

It has long been considered the most compelling question in our history: Where do human beings come from? Although life has existed for millions of years, only in the past century-and-a-half have we begun to use science to explore the ancestral roots of our own species. The search for the ultimate answer has taken a number of twists and turns, with careers made and broken along the way. APE TO MAN is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race - a quest that spanned more than 150 years of obsessive searching.

The above video was produced for the History Channel and telvised int USA last year- have a look at their website to find out more on the subject - there is an excellent article on methods of dating so we know how old the fossils are when they are uncovered. Also visit the time line to see what happened when in the fossil record.

The second lecture to review is by Prof Timothy White in the lecture series Conversations with History: The lecture is entitled "On the Trail of our Human Ancestors"

UCTV: UC Berkeley 53 min 35 sec - Apr 5, 2004

Tim White is Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, and joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of how science is changing our understanding of mankind's origins.

Video link

A full transcript of the interview

To learn more about Prof Tim White please visit

Hope you enjoy the documentary and interview.