PBS has a new show on human evolution, First Peoples, coming out on 24 June. It actually looks good.
My preliminary opinion may be colored by the fact that I watched Quest for Fire the other night — I was disgusted. It portrayed ancient people as bumbling dopes who hadn’t figured out fire or the missionary position, when in reality I expect that every step in the evolution of humans was extremely competent at what they did. I expect a little respect for the past. Of course, part of the problem with that movie was that their science consultant was Desmond Morris, who has always been terrible.
While you’re waiting for the documentary to air, PBS has some evolution games you can play. It looks like a lot of them aren’t available yet, but the tree building exercise looked really useful — it brought home basic cladistic principles very clearly. Give it a try!