Todd Disotell’s photo of Natalia Reagan in costume.
Todd Disotell’s photo of Natalia Reagan in costume.

Bio-Anthro Mashup, with Natalia Reagan

Our host, primatologist Natalia Reagan. Credit: Todd Disotell.

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Early humans, Neanderthals, Homo sapiens, great apes, and more – dive into the best of biology and anthropology on StarTalk All-Stars. In the first segment Natalia Reagan, comic co-host Sarah Rose Siskind, and paleoanthropologist Shara Bailey investigate the recent Homo sapien discovery in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco that pushes back the origins of humanity another 100,000 years. You’ll also hear about ritualistic burials, why humans have “weak” arms, and the aquatic ape theory. Next, Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and Natalia Reagan take fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on primatology: primate hybrids, the possibility of primates on TRAPPIST-1, and more. After that, explore Neanderthal culture with Natalia Reagan, Sarah Rose Siskind, and anthropologist Will-Harcourt Smith. Lastly, discover more about the evolution of wisdom, language, and humanity’s shared evolutionary history with Natalia Reagan, comic co-host Patrick Melton, and paleoanthropologist Marc Kissel.

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