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First Peoples

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200,000 years ago we took our first steps on the African savanna. Today there are 7 billion of us living across planet Earth.How did our ancestors beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? What was the secret to their success?This is a global detective story, featuring new fossil finds and the latest genetic research. It's a story that revolves around a shocking revelation. In prehistoric times, we met and mated with other types of human – like Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus. This mixing of genes helped us survive - and ultimately thrive.Scientists are beginning to realize that ours is not a pedigree species, but a patchwork. We are all hybrids.

 
Status: Ended
TV Channel: PBS
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series finds its big themes, though, not in individual fossils, but in humans’ built-in drive to explore and in the likelihood that, while exploring, the earliest humans interbred with other branches of the evolutionary tree.

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