Dr. Joseph Graves Jr. is an evolutionary biologist. The juvenile fossil, the same species as "Lucy," is the first complete skeleton ever found and 3.3 million-years-old. Australopithecines are not monkeys.
The complete skeleton of the Australopithecus Afarensis is an exciting aspect for scientists. Graves discusses the split between Australopithecines and hominids.
Graves explains the significance of the 3.3 million-year-old Australopithecus Afarensis fossil. Human lineage appears approximately 1.5 million years ago; Homo sapiens are the only remaining upright walking, intelligent hominid.
Evidence shows one human species; groups viewed as biological races are not races. All existing humans draw ancestry from sub-Saharan Africans. Graves and Tony Brown discuss phenotype adaptation and gene nucleotides.
"Lucy" and "Lucy's Daughter" come from the same area. Graves explains why Ethiopia has several ancient finds and Charles Darwin's belief that human origins are in Africa; archaeologists initially discounted finds in Africa.
All humans are descended from the same ancestral group. Graves cautions against underestimating the tenacity of white supremacy and cites supremacist counter arguments.
Credits: Civilization's First Born
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The discovery of the 3.3 million-year-old fossil of a Dikika infant is a major development in the study of human evolution. In this program from Tony Brown's Journal, evolutionary biologist Dr. Joseph Graves, author of The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, provides intriguing insight into the evolution of the human race.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2007
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