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  1. I've read several books about evolution recently & this lecture was a great addition. Anthony Martin is a paleontologist and geologist. He did the bulk of it (first 17 of 23) & he's a great speaker. John Hawks, a biological anthropologist, did the next 6 about the rise of hominids. The final one was a discussion between the two. Martin discusses major transitions in deep time. The earth is about 4.6 billion years old & our first evidence of prokaryotes appear at about 4.1 billion dur [...]

  2. Evolution is often scoffed at because of the lack of evidence for macro evolution. This lecture analyzes many of the quite recent discoveries in these questionable phases of evolution from one species to another. The professors are a bit dry, but the content is great. They show evidence for biological evolution from single cell to multi-cell, from fish to land, from eggs to live birth, from land back to sea, from great apes (hominids) to humans (hominins). They are clear to point out where evide [...]

  3. DVD versionThis was my second time through these lecturese first being a little over four years ago. Since then I have spent time with Drs. Sutherland, Hazen, Wysession and others who have dealt with the natural world, trying to answer the age-old question(s) of how and why we are where and how we are (that makes sense, trust me). No one set of lectures can address these questions, but taken together they can shed light on not only these questions, but the manner in which we should try to unders [...]

  4. Overall a great introduction to evolution and many of its interdisciplinary subfields. I particularly enjoyed seeing the perspective of a geologist/paleontologist to start things off and then the tag-team to cover human evolution from primates. I especially loved the philosophical conceptualization of "deep time" (in analogy with "deep space") particularly as one considers the even broader idea of "Big History". Though the professors here don't delve into Big History directly, they're covering a [...]

  5. An overview that hits several of the evolutionary highlights, with discussion (and sometimes showing) of the fossil evidence, some fossils containing amazing detail. The last few lectures concentrate on the human line of evolution, explaining and showing that evidence and how scientists draw the conclusions they do. You come away from this series with an impression of the sweep of life's development, what is and is not known and how, and with curiosity to know more.

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