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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
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Africa with David Attenborough

   2013    Nature
Dynamic Genomes Series
Dynamic Genomes Series

   2019    Medicine
Out of the Cradle
Out of the Cradle

   2019    History
Leaving Neverland
Leaving Neverland

   2019    Culture
The Human Body
The Human Body

   1998    Medicine
Bronze Age
Bronze Age

   2016    History
Rise of Empires: Ottoman
Rise of Empires: Ottoman

   2020    History