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Stadium Rock
Nemesis The Sun Evil Twin
Fatal Impact
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 2
Travellers Tales
The Last Reef
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Meat-Eaters
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
Vegan 2017 The Film
Fight for Life
Spark
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Next of Kin
The story of Energy
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
Feathered Dragons
To The Arctic
Dancing in the Dark
Seasonal Forests
Dinosaur 13
Jupiter: Destroyer or Savior
Night Will Fall
Surviving
The Story of India: The Power of Ideas
Some of the Things That Molecules Do
A Death in the Family
In the Grip of the Seasons
Flight of the Butterflies
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Rivals
Racism: A History. The Colour of Money
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
A Savage Legacy
Rome is Burning

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Becoming Human: First Steps
Becoming Human: First Steps 2010

Where did we come from? What makes us human? Groundbreaking investigation explores how new discoveries are transforming views of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, footage shot in the trenches as fossils were unearthed, and stunning computer-generated animation, Becoming Human brings early hominids to life, examining how they lived and how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today. In the first episode Selam, the amazingly complete remains of a 3 million year-old child, packed with clues to why we split from the apes, came down from the trees, and started walking upright.

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

Ape Man: Search for the First Human
Ape Man: Search for the First Human 2005

After eight grueling years of hunting in the hot, wind-scoured desert of central Africa, an international team of researchers has uncovered one of the most sensational fossil finds in living memory: the well-preserved 7 million years old skull of a chimp-size animal, probably a male, that doesn't fit any known species. According to paleontologist Michel Brunet of the University of Poitiers in France, whose team reported the find in Nature last week, there is no way it could have been an ape of any kind. It was almost certainly a hominid — a member of a subdivision of the primate family whose only living representative is modern man.

Category:Science  Duration:47:12   

The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape
The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Fifth Ape 2008

Richard Dawkins deals with some of the philosophical and social ramifications of the theory of evolution. Dawkins starts out in Kenya, speaking with palaeontologist Richard Leakey. He then visits Christ is the Answer Ministries, Kenya's largest Pentecostal church, to interview Bishop Bonifes Adoyo. Adoyo has led the movement to press Kenya's national museum to sideline its collection of hominid bones pointing to man's evolution from ape to human.[5] The collection includes the Turkana Boy discovered by Kamoya Kimeu, a member of a team led by Richard Leakey in 1984. Dawkins discusses social darwinism and eugenics, explaining how these are not versions of natural selection, and that 'Darwin has been wrongly tainted'. He then meets with evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker to discuss how morals can be compatible with natural selection. He goes on to explaining sexual selection, with peafowls as an example. To find out whether sexual selection plays a role for altruism and kindness among humans, he visits women who are looking for sperm donors, as well as a sperm bank manager. Dawkins also explains kin selection and selfish genes.

Category:Culture  Duration:48:28   

Birth of Humanity
Birth of Humanity 2010

We will nvestigate the first skeleton that really looks like us –Turkana Boy– an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early humans are thought to have developed key innovations that helped them thrive, including hunting large prey, the use of fire, and extensive social bonds. The program examines an intriguing theory that long-distance running –our ability to jog– was crucial for the survival of these early hominids. Not only did running help them escape from vicious predators roaming the grasslands, but it also gave them a unique hunting strategy: chasing down prey animals such as deer and antelope to the point of exhaustion. Birth of Humanity also probes how, why, and when humans' uniquely long period of childhood and parenting began.

Category:History  Duration:53:02   Series: Becoming Human

 
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