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Alvarez, Walter

Summary: "Famed geologist Walter Alvarez expands our view of human history by revealing the cosmic, geologic, and evolutionary forces that have shaped us. Big History, the field that studies the entire known past of our universe to give context to human existence, has so far been the domain of historians. In [this book], geologist Walter Alvarez-- best known for his 'Impact Theory' explaining dinosaur...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton & Company 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 523 ALV

Dunn, Rob R.

Summary: Shares the known and potential consequences of the changing relationships with nature and interactions with other species and emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with the web of life.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper 2011

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Summary: How do humans influence changes in other species? Has Homo sapiens itself stopped evolving? This program explores natural selection as an ongoing phenomenon, showing how evolutionary processes continue to shape the future of all life on Earth. Exploring the competition for resources, territory, and mates that occurs in any ecosystem, the video illustrates how species differentiation takes...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: When On the Origin of Species appeared in 1859, it quickly took hold in the popular imagination-but it also glossed over significant and rather disturbing questions. This program explores Darwin's ideas on human evolution, which he developed and made public toward the end of his life. Science interpreter Jim Doherty reveals how Darwin searched for parallels between humans and animals through a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, this program shows how Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution and explores its ramifications in today's scientific community. Renowned natural history interpreter David Attenborough travels the globe, examining fresh evidence for Darwinian thought and illustrating why it is more relevant than ever. Viewers...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: An extraterrestrial biologist would probably not hesitate to classify Homo sapiens as just another chimpanzee. After all, the two species share 98 percent of their DNA-and yet what a difference that two percent makes. This program investigates how such similar primates became so very dissimilar.and how humans, having reached the point where they are little hindered by natural selection, are...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program analyzes how flight evolved not once but four times, in very different ways. Presenting a number of theories, the program examines how insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats each took to the sky. Bug wings that may have evolved from larval gills into pond-crossing sails; flight feathers that could have begun as soft down on small dinosaurs; and bat wings that probably developed from...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program introduces the concepts of naturally occurring and artificially induced mutagens, demonstrates how X-radiation and chemical additives can produce genetic mutations, introduces Dr. Maclyn McCarty (one of three researchers who identified DNA as the substance that transformed one variety of Pneumococcus into another), and shows how DNA is extracted and precipitated. After viewing the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: The oceans are life's laboratory, the global test tube where trial and error meet cause and effect. By focusing on pivotal animals-ammonites, flatworms, sea squirts, frog fish, and bottlenose dolphins, to name only five-and anatomical adaptations such as the eye, the brain, the backbone, and fins, this program illustrates how life populated the seas. Evidence of humankind's evolutionary past is...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Matrix, and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Docurama Films 2011

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC TRA

Summary: This program provides arguments in favor of continental drift and the one-time existence of a supercontinent, shows how isolation can give rise to different species and how species develop in response to their environments, and explains clines and suggests the reason for their existence. After viewing the program, students should understand the significance of the continental drift theory, the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Pyne, Lydia V.

Summary: "A science historian describes seven famous ancestral fossils that have become known around the world, including the three-foot tall "hobbit" from Flores, the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, the Piltdown Man hoax, Peking Man, Australopithecus sediba and Lucy,"--NoveList.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Viking 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 569.8 PYN

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 569.8 PYN

Summary: By turns charming, alarming, and poignant, this program questions the accuracy of the human evolution theory. Chimpanzees show signs of sophisticated language, advanced social behavior, and other traits thought reserved only for humans-even empathy. No one knows this better than the legendary Jane Goodall: her pride and joy, Frodo, grew up in front of film cameras in Gombe in Tanzania for over...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: This program shows the structure and replicating processes of DNA and the effect of genetic mutation; demonstrates the Lederberg Experiment; and recapitulates the evidence provided by fossils and structural and biological homologies that the process of adaptation and the selection of adaptors rests on a wide range of genetic variability. After viewing the program, students should have a general...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This program seeks to understand how relationships between living things have promoted the diversity and splendor of life as it exists on Earth today. Predation, competition, and symbiosis are addressed through topics such as the anatomical arms race between predators and prey, the evolutionary benefits of sexual reproduction, and the impact of viruses on creatures ranging from rabbits to human...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Long ago, the oceans were home to all living things. Then some creatures moved ashore. But how? This program outlines the stages of natural selection that enabled water-dwelling animals and plants to survive, and then thrive, on land. Key evolutionary innovations such as exoskeletons and endoskeletons, legs and feet, cold blood and warm blood, lungs, hard-shelled eggs, fur, and live young are...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Prum, Richard O.

Summary: What can explain the incredible diversity of beauty in nature? Richard O. Prum, an award-winning ornithologist, discusses Charles Darwin's second and long-neglected theory--aesthetic mate choice--and what it means for our understanding of evolution. In addition, Prum connects those same evolutionary dynamics to the origins and diversity of human sexuality, offering riveting new thinking about...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Doubleday 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 590 PRU

Summary: This volume provides a general overview of evolution, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and an introduction to the relevant fossil record. It also explores relevant theories and refinements in human traits and culture, and the emergence of Homo sapiens as a modern species.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Britannica Educational Publishing in Association with Rosen Educational Services 2016

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 576 HUM

Summary: All other life forms except humans exist to propagate themselves and pass on their genes; humans alone work to other ends. In this lecture, Richard Dawkins distinguishes between the result of eons of natural selection which has resulted in, say, a bird's tail, whose purpose is to enable the bird to fly-purpose with a survival value-and deliberate design, like an airplane's tail. Dawkins shows...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: "This unrivaled illustrated guide to human evolution brings you face-to-face with your ancient ancestors. Traveling back in time almost eight million years, the book charts the development of our species, Homo sapiens, from tree-dwelling primates to modern humans. Evolution investigates each of our ancestors in detail and in context, from the anatomy of their bones to the environment they lived...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: DK Publishing 2018

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D'Adamo, Peter

Summary: "If you've ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you're right. In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differ with each blood type. Your blood type reflects your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of disease, longevity, fitness, and emotional strength. It determines your susceptibility to...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: New American Library 2016

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Summary: In this program, philosopher and theologian Conor Cunningham argues that only extremist viewpoints-Creationism and ultra-Darwinism-make evolution and religion mutually exclusive. Experts from across the gamut of opinions frame the debate and trace its origins, including Father Gregory Tatum of the Ecole Biblique; University of Oxford historian Pietro Corsi; Darwin scholar Nick Spencer, author...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Eiseley, Loren C.

Summary: "A paleontologist with the spirit of a poet."--publisher.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Library Of America 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 814 EIS

Summary: Could we all be descendants of an Adam-like ancestor? And if he existed, who was he, where did he live, and what did he look like? This program uses sophisticated DNA testing methods to, in effect, trace humanity's family tree. Guided by renowned geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells, viewers learn about the primary tool that propels this quest for a common ancestor-the Y chromosome, which is...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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