Human evolution

Evolutionary History of the Human Face

Adam Rutherford on the ever-changing human face.
We’ve been intensively studying the evolution of the face for decades to work out why we look the way we do. How much of our looks reflect adaptations that enhanced our survival and how much is just stuff that happened. Adam talks to Paul O’Higgins from York University, one of the authors of a big new review of the evolutionary history of the human face.

Are humans still evolving?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince ask whether human beings are still evolving?
Are humans still evolving?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and author David Baddiel,  Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Aoife McLysaght, and geneticist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to ask whether human beings are still evolving?  Has the invention of modern medicine, and  technology meant that survival of the fittest is a thing of the past or are humans evolving new adaptations that will help us cope and survive better in our ever changing world (better thumbs for texting anyone?).  If evolution happens over 1000's of years, could we even tell if we were evolving as a species, or have  humans reached peak human?

Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Spear or harpoon

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

The harpoon and axes were made from red deer antler by hunter-gatherers in Highlands in the Mesolithic period.

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Human feet

Angus Davison

Science reporter

Our big toe was one of the last parts of the foot to become human-like, as our early ancestors evolved to walk on two legs.

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Alice Roberts on human and Neanderthal interbreeding

How DNA sequencing provided the evidence that humans and Neanderthals interbred.