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Australopithecus Afarensis (03:01)


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.

Fossil Find (03:49)

The complete skeleton of the Australopithecus Afarensis is an exciting aspect for scientists. Graves discusses the split between Australopithecines and hominids.

"Lucy's Daughter" (02:29)

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.

Species Nomenclature (07:06)

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.

Rift Valley Fossils (04:29)

"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.

Myth of European Superiority (03:57)

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 (00:31)

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

Item#: EDP167283

Copyright date: ©2007

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