Season 36, Episode 15 Becoming Human: Last Human Standing
First Aired: November 17, 2009
The conclusion of the "Becoming Human" series explores the roots of Homo sapiens, which are believed to stretch back some 200,000 years to southern Africa. The documentary details what may have led to the birth of the modern human and why the species emigrated from Africa. Also: whether Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, another human species, interbred; why Homo sapiens succeeded while other branches, including the Neanderthals, Homo erectus and the so-called "hobbits" of Indonesia, died out.
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- Premiered: March 3, 1974
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- Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)