Becoming Human

Becoming Human

Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors

DVD - 2010
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"Where did we come from? What makes us human? NOVA's...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, animation, [these programs] bring early hominids to life, examining how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today...In the first episode...encounter..."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...[T]he second episode investigates the riddle of "Turkana Boy" -- a tantalizing fossil of Homo erectus, the first ancestor to leave Africa and colonize the globe...[T]he final episode...explores the origins of "us" -- where modern humans and our capacities for art, invention, and survival came from, and what happened when we encountered the mysterious Neanderthals..." -- Container.
Publisher: [S.l.] : PBS Distribution, c2010
ISBN: 9781608831012
Branch Call Number: 599.938 BEC
Characteristics: 1 DVD (159 min.)
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Feb 20, 2018

A very interesting and well made short series about human evolution; archeologists, reconstruction experts, and computer simulations and modeling are all used to tell the story in an easy to follow, easy to understand way.

Feb 12, 2018

I gave it four stars because that is what it's rated and that sounds pretty fair.

It is well done and gives quite a bit of information. It actually has three shows so if you watch them back to back, there is obviously some redundancy.

For the most part I'd say well done; though there appear to be some aspects missing that should at least have been mentioned.

Mar 09, 2015

thought provoking

Sep 15, 2013

This is the same old garbage is out there unfortunately. There is no proof of don't fall on the intelligent arguments because it is not true!

Dec 17, 2011

3 shows on one DVD. Interesting material, but a lot of repeated scenes.

Oct 28, 2011

How we came here and why?
How did we become humans?
The answer is in here.

Jun 23, 2011

The biggest problem that we face "Being Human" is our Egos. That we think everything before us and around us has a lower intelligence than we and unfortunately this dvd constantly reminds us of this "fact" over and over. Overly presumptious. Stopped watching half away through the second episode- couldn't bare it anymore.

Sep 28, 2010

One of the most current and comprehensive animated anthropological documentary films to reaffirm our common ancestry. It's a must-see for all students in biology, anthropology and religious studies.

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Dec 29, 2015

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