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Last Human Standing

   2010    History
xamines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals or exterminate them? The program explores crucial evidence from the recent decoding of the Neanderthal genome. How did modern humans take over the world? New evidence suggests that they left Africa and colonized the rest of the globe far earlier, and for different reasons, than previously thought. As for Homo sapiens, we have planet Earth to ourselves today, but that's a very recent and unusual situation. For millions of years, many kinds of hominids co-existed. At one time Homo sapiens shared the planet with Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and the mysterious "Hobbits"–three-foot-high humans who thrived on the Indonesian island of Flores until as recently as 12,000 years ago. "Last Human Standing" examines why "we" survived while those other ancestral cousins died out. And it explores the provocative question: In what ways are we still evolving today?
Series: Becoming Human

Clash of the Gods: Tolkien Monsters

   2009    Art
Enter creator J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical world of hobbits, orcs and wizards, and uncover the real life influences that shaped his epic fantasy, 'The Lord of the Rings'.
Series: Clash of the Gods

The Last Dance
The Last Dance

   2020    Culture
The Normans
The Normans

   2010    History
Lost Kingdoms of South America
Lost Kingdoms of South America

   2013    History
The Private Life of Plants
The Private Life of Plants

   1994    Nature
Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan
Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan

   2021    History
A Perfect Planet
A Perfect Planet

   2021    Nature
Earthflight
Earthflight

   2012    Nature
Inside the World Toughest Prisons
Inside the World Toughest Prisons

   2020    Culture