Season 37, Episode 6 Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity

First Aired: November 10, 2009

Part 2 of the three-part look at the evolutionary arc of humans focuses on the first discovered skeleton that looks like a modern human---"Turkana Boy," a complete Homo erectus specimen that dates back some 1.5 million years. The episode examines evidence of the origins of the long childhood of humans and the role that long childhood played in brain development and furthering the family bond.

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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)

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