Anthro script - Transcript Becominghuman.org The...

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Transcript Becominghuman.org – The Documentary 1 Not spoken but appearing as a title on the screen: Prologue Voice of Donald C. Johanson What is it that makes us human? That gives us the ability to reflect on the past and ponder the future? Who we are as a species and where we came from make up the basis of a fantastic story, spanning more than 4 million years. I’m Don Johanson, and I’m one of the many researchers dedicated to discovering and interpreting the evidence for human origins. Evidence that provides the framework for the human story. It’s a story that begins in Africa, where our ancestors first stood up. Over millions of years they continued to evolve and eventually spread out across the globe. Some species adapted to the changing world while others went extinct. Today only a single species of humans survives. That species flourished because they developed a culture, a culture more complex than has ever been seen before. This is their story, this is our story.
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Transcript Becominghuman.org – The Documentary 2 Next section of the documentary: Evidence Not spoken but appearing as a title on the screen: Hadar Voice of Donald C. Johanson Hadar Ethiopia is a place of pilgrimage for those of us who study human origins. It is located in the northern Afar part region of the country and can be inhospitable at times when temperatures reach 125 degrees. My first trip to Hadar in 1972 was a short exploratory trip but I was there long enough to realize that I was going to do field work. Hadar had the right kind of geology and was very, very rich in animal fossils dating to about 3 million years and I thought to myself that if we could find hominid fossils this and deposits this old we might just open up a new chapter in human evolution. In 1973 I made my first fossil hominid discovery; a knee joint. The specimen came from a geological stratum dated to nearly 3.4 million years. Detail study of the functional anatomy of the knee showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was a creature that walked upright - a hominid. Then in 1974 we returned to Hadar and in late November, near the end of the field season, I made a discovery that firmly placed Hadar on the map as one of the most significant hominoid fossil sites in the world.
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Transcript Becominghuman.org – The Documentary 3 Not spoken but appearing as a title on the screen: Lucy I remember very clearly, it was about noon and I had been surveying since just after breakfast. The temperature was approaching 110 degrees. I hadn’t found much expect a few teeth of a horse, part of a skull of an extinct pig, some antelope molars and a bit of a monkey jaw but as I turned to leave a fossil caught my eye, and I kneeled down for a closer look. It was in fact part of an elbow. As I looked further I saw another bone and then another. It was truly unbelievable. What I found was a partial skeleton eroding from the ancient Hadar sediments. I knew immediately it was a hominid. A very old one and astonishingly complete.
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