Earth Science Lecture 2: African Climate Change and Human Evolution

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In this second video of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on climate change, Columbia University Professor Peter deMenocal discusses the evolution of the human brain and what makes humans, as a species, unique. He then explores the relationship between African climate change and turning points in human and other faunal evolution. The lecture emphasizes how scientists have used different types of evidence collection to support various hypotheses about the relationship between climate change and evolution and includes a discussion on the difference between correlation and causation. A lecture transcript and companion presentation are also available on FoSO.

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