Lecture 5 – Feet on the ground, head in the stars: The history of man

Where did we come from? Simon Conway Morris takes us three billion years back to the building blocks of life itself.

In this CHRISTMAS LECTURE, he uses a fun demonstration of the quantities of chemical elements needed to create life.

He goes on to talk through the makings of the universe, our solar system and the evolution of humans which covers our beginnings as fish and reptiles. The relationship between Neanderthals and the human species of today is also probed.  

Copyright

BBC

Year

1996

Lecturer

Simon Conway Morris

Duration

58:39

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