© 2024 Lakeshore Public Media
8625 Indiana Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
Public Broadcasting for Northwest Indiana & Chicagoland since 1987
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Our Most Mysterious Extinct Cousins

Season 6 Episode 12 | 9m 41s

There was a group of hominins, those creatures more closely related to us than to chimpanzees, that did take a different, parallel journey from our ancestors. Our paths ran beside each other - and potentially even crossed at times - but while ours led us here, theirs led to extinction. What happened to Paranthropus and what can their fate tell us about our past?

Aired: 01/22/24
Did you know volcanoes created the Atlantic Ocean that we know today?
Learn about how researchers have discovered a piece of a weird, but critical, time in the deep past…
Maybe there wasn’t just one so-called "cradle of humankind"?
How did such a strange plant like cannabis come to be in the first place?
We’re taking a look towards the deep future. After all, the story is far from over.
When did we start practicing medicine in its varied, complex forms?
For some, the rise of venomous elapid snakes was an almost apocalyptic catastrophe.
When you only have fossils, how do you know if a dinosaur is female or male?
What are animal-like fossils doing in rocks a billion years old?
Exoskeleton fragments may have allowed microbes to sail the ocean and change the world.