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The Conscious Earth

Lecture no. 36 from the course: A New History of Life

The Conscious Earth

Taught by Professor Stuart Sutherland | 36 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Close your exploration of the history of life on Earth by charting the evolution of consciousness. When did our progenitors first become self-aware, and what were the implications for the success of humans as a species? Finally, what are our prospects for spreading the biosphere beyond Earth itself?

36 Lectures

1
Image of The Interconnected Earth
The Interconnected Earth
0 of 30 min
2
Image of The Vast Depths of Earth Time
The Vast Depths of Earth Time
0 of 31 min
3
Image of Fossil Clocks
Fossil Clocks
0 of 28 min
4
Image of Paleontologists as Detectives
Paleontologists as Detectives
0 of 29 min
5
Image of The Shifting Surface of Planet Earth
The Shifting Surface of Planet Earth
0 of 29 min
6
Image of Earliest Origins—Formation of the Planet
Earliest Origins—Formation of the Planet
0 of 29 min
7
Image of Origins of Land, Ocean, and Air
Origins of Land, Ocean, and Air
0 of 28 min
8
Image of The Early Chemical Evolution of Life
The Early Chemical Evolution of Life
0 of 27 min
9
Image of Hints of the First Life Forms
Hints of the First Life Forms
0 of 30 min
10
Image of How Life Transformed the Early Earth
How Life Transformed the Early Earth
0 of 28 min
11
Image of Snowball Earth—Another Crisis
Snowball Earth—Another Crisis
0 of 29 min
12
Image of Metazoans—Life Grows Up
Metazoans—Life Grows Up
0 of 29 min
13
Image of Incredible Variety—The Cambrian Explosion
Incredible Variety—The Cambrian Explosion
0 of 28 min
14
Image of Window to a Lost World—The Burgess Shale
Window to a Lost World—The Burgess Shale
0 of 30 min
15
Image of The Forgotten Fossils in Earth’s Story
The Forgotten Fossils in Earth’s Story
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Introduction to the Great Mass Extinctions
Introduction to the Great Mass Extinctions
0 of 28 min
17
Image of The Collapse of Earth’s First Eden
The Collapse of Earth’s First Eden
0 of 28 min
18
Image of Making the Break for Land
Making the Break for Land
0 of 28 min
19
Image of Getting a Backbone—The Story of Vertebrates
Getting a Backbone—The Story of Vertebrates
0 of 29 min
20
Image of The Evolution of Jaws
The Evolution of Jaws
0 of 28 min
21
Image of These Limbs Were Made for Walking?
These Limbs Were Made for Walking?
0 of 29 min
22
Image of Tiktaalik—The Search for a Fishapod
Tiktaalik—The Search for a Fishapod
0 of 29 min
23
Image of Carboniferous Giants and Coal
Carboniferous Giants and Coal
0 of 29 min
24
Image of Amniotes—The Shape of Things to Come
Amniotes—The Shape of Things to Come
0 of 30 min
25
Image of Permian Extinction—Life’s Worst Catastrophe
Permian Extinction—Life’s Worst Catastrophe
0 of 29 min
26
Image of Finding the Killer—The Greenhouse Earth
Finding the Killer—The Greenhouse Earth
0 of 29 min
27
Image of The Dinosaurs Take Over
The Dinosaurs Take Over
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Letting the Dinosaurs Speak—Paleobehavior
Letting the Dinosaurs Speak—Paleobehavior
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Conquering the Air—The Evolution of Flight
Conquering the Air—The Evolution of Flight
0 of 28 min
30
Image of Monsters of the Deep—Mesozoic Oceans
Monsters of the Deep—Mesozoic Oceans
0 of 29 min
31
Image of The Cretaceous Earth—A Tropical Planet
The Cretaceous Earth—A Tropical Planet
0 of 30 min
32
Image of The Sky Is Falling—End of the Dinosaurs
The Sky Is Falling—End of the Dinosaurs
0 of 29 min
33
Image of The Collision of North and South America
The Collision of North and South America
0 of 28 min
34
Image of The Rise of Mammals and the Last Ice Age
The Rise of Mammals and the Last Ice Age
0 of 29 min
35
Image of The Humble Origins of Human Beings
The Humble Origins of Human Beings
0 of 29 min
36
Image of The Conscious Earth
The Conscious Earth
0 of 36 min

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