Friday, 24 August 2012

Nebraska Collection of Richard Dawkins

During Richard Dawkins’ 2009 American tour, he visited the “Explore Evolution” exhibit at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. While visiting he filmed a collection of short unrehearsed and unscripted videos—just inspired by the “Explore Evolution” exhibit.

VIDEO 1: Show me the intermediate fossils! Richard Dawkins shows how whales evolved from a cloven-hoofed ancestor, and reveals whales’ closest modern-day cousin. 

VIDEO 2: Why are there still Chimpanzees? Richard Dawkins clears up the misunderstanding of Evolution that is all too common: If we descended from Chimpanzees, then why are there still Chimpanzees? Dawkins explains that we DID NOT descend from Chimpanzees—we both share a common ancestor. 

VIDEO 3: Comparing the Human and Chimpanzee Genomes Richard Dawkins shows just how similar the Human and Chimpanzee genomes really are, with the help of a great visual from the University of Nebraska Museum. 

VIDEO 4: Ants that farm, compost and weed Richard Dawkins explains how fungus-farming ants from Central and South America make their living. 

VIDEO 5: Diatoms: The Evolution of a New Species Richard Dawkins explains how microscopic algae called Diatoms uniquely evolved in Yellowstone Lake. 

VIDEO 6: Hawaii as a Nursery of Evolution Richard Dawkins shows how the relatively young island chain of Hawaii acts as a nursery of evolution as it moves over a volcanic hotspot in the Pacific Ocean, generating new islands. He shows how Drosophila flies have diverged on the different islands, driven by sexual selection.

Produced by The Richard Dawkins Foundation and R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Camera & Music by Josh Timonen

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