HomeНаука и техникаRelated VideosMore From: American Museum of Natural History

The Language Detectives - Shelf Life #7

78 ratings | 7764 views
What does it take to solve a mystery about an ancient Native American language group? 16th-century missionary texts, DNA sequencing methods, and lots of algorithms. Curators Peter Whiteley and Ward Wheeler discuss their project to map the evolution of Uto-Aztecan languages. For more about some of the cultures in the Uzo-Aztecan language group, head over to the episode website: http://www.amnh.org/shelf-life/episode-07-the-language-detectives Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely seen items in the American Museum of Natural History. Over 12 episodes, Shelf Life will explore topics like specimen preparation, learn why variety is vital, and meet some of the people who work in the Museum collections. For more, visit ‪http://www.amnh.org/ShelfLife‬‬ Series Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2PmDLfWt1Q Episode 1: 33 Million Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NR-xl7W0vo Episode 2: Turtles and Taxonomy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXqn9AW2Kc Episode 3: Six Ways to Prepare a Coelacanth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqL17uabbso Episode 4: Skull of the Olinguito https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEYfY0mRc5k Episode 5: How To Time Travel To a Star https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5xJqFtPGAA Episode 6: The Tiniest Fossils https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLSa8cGJixQ Episode 7: The Language Detectives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92IvcuQF9cg Episode 8: Voyage of the Giant Squid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W47by1jPTPw Episode 9: Kinsey’s Wasps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHc5l4gQsro Episode 10: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=567bv6xmuss Episode 11: Green Grow the Salamanders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV9Z-pHr-nE Episode 12: Six Extinctions In Six Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZuwOgcS1W0 *** Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AMNHOrg Check out our full video catalog: ‪http://www.youtube.com/user/AMNHorg‬‬‬‬ ‬‬ Facebook: ‪http://fb.com/naturalhistory‬‬‬‬‬‬ Twitter: ‪http://twitter.com/amnh‬‬‬‬‬‬ Tumblr: ‪http://amnhnyc.tumblr.com/‬‬‬‬‬‬ Instagram: ‪http://instagram.com/amnh‬‬‬‬‬‬ This video and all media incorporated herein (including text, images, and audio) are the property of the American Museum of Natural History or its licensors, all rights reserved. The Museum has made this video available for your personal, educational use. You may not use this video, or any part of it, for commercial purposes, nor may you reproduce, distribute, publish, prepare derivative works from, or publicly display it without the prior written consent of the Museum. © American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Html code for embedding videos on your blog
Text Comments (4)
Kristy M (2 months ago)
0:25 A butcher bird!
Z. L. Burington (2 years ago)
Years ago when I was first learning about cladistics, including the parsimony approach showed in the video, I thought "wouldn't it be cool if people used these for languages". So it's really awesome that people have done that now.
Very interesting video regarding advanced techniques to solve a complex problem, in this case the origin of a language. All those interested in the evolution of languages should enjoy this well-produced video.
NEW EPISODE! Watch Shelf Life, Episode 7: The Language Detectives Learn more about this topic: http://bit.ly/1FASGR5

Would you like to comment?

Join YouTube for a free account, or sign in if you are already a member.