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Brains: Origins of Us

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This title is a part of the series Origins of Us Series


Catalogue Number:  BBC054
Producer:  BBC
Subject:  History, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  52
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Drawing on research into social politics among chimpanzees, the cognitive development of children, and the ancient tools that have been found littered across the Rift Valley, in this program Dr. Alice Roberts explores how Homo sapiens developed such large brains—and asks why we are the only species of our kind left on the planet today. She also discusses how caring for large-brained offspring has shaped civilization, and the evolutionary adaptation that allows grandmothers to help raise their grandchildren.

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