The Sex Lives of Early Humans [3:57]

Description

This video discusses recent studies that show that early homo sapiens coming out of Africa had sex and mated with neanderthals in Europe and Asia.  Between 1% and 4% of human DNA is neanderthal DNA.  The video also humorously discusses the evolutionary history of lice and our ancestors’ frisky encounters with… gorillas.  Because of the content of this video, it would likely be more appropriate for older students.

Discussion Questions

  • Were you surprised to hear that you are part neanderthal?
  • Does this mixed evolutionary past change what it means to be human?

Keywords: human evolution, sex, paleo-anthropology, neanderthals,

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