The Breast Episode Ever

Wherein we discuss the biological and evolutionary imperatives of human breastfeeding over the last 80 million years. Published on May 7, 2014

Read Dr. Martin’s book “How We Do It” to learn more about the history of human reproduction:
And check out his blog at Psychology Today:…



Producer, Writer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

Producer, Editor, Camera:
Tom McNamara

Theme music:
Michael Aranda

Created By:
Hank Green

Production Assistant:
Katie Kirby

Thanks to Dr. Robert Martin for taking the time to chat with us about his book!

Special thanks to Cassie Pontone in Anthropology for helping with archival research!

And as always, thanks to our incredible translators, including Jose Taveras and Tony Chu, for working on the captions for this episode.

Filmed on Location and Supported by:
The Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Photo credits:
[1:17] Evolution Theory at a Glance, from Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, 1934. © The Field Museum, A78545.

[1:27] Monkey and its young, mounted specimen, Drawer 782, 1940. © The Field Museum, Z81329.

[2:04] Woman with baby and another in bag, Pacific Papua New Guinea, 1911. © The Field Museum, CSA37889, Photographer A.B. Lewis.

[2:28] Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus mounted specimen before installation. First application of Walters Method of taxidermy using cellulose acetate process of reproduction of a hairy mammal, 1930. © The Field Museum, CSZ77467.

[2:34] Lower [jaw] mandible of female. 18-year-old Magdelenian girl skeleton. [human remains], Magdalenian Europe France Dordogne Cap Blanc, 1957. © The Field Museum, A96043.

[2:59] Dairy Shorthorn Cow, Lily Charter 2nd. Bronze sculptures of British Champion animals, by Herbert Haseltine. Hall 12, 1934. © The Field Museum, Z78434.