The Great Human Odyssey

Discover how scientists are unlocking the mystery of our remarkable resilience: the "evolution of adaptability" in homo sapiens. Thompson confronts new climate research that shows our ancestors emerged in Africa just as global conditions went haywire, with volatility unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Learn how our species faced near extinction, and then found a place to rebuild on Africa's coasts. Explore the birth of language and art at archeological excavations scientists are now calling "the cradle of the human mind". And marvel at the evidence our earliest modern ancestors were expert breath-hold divers, harvesting beneath the waves on South Africa's Cape Coast. Thompson visits a series of globally recognized experts on human origins and the Africa world of our ancestors, including Director of the Smithsonian's human origins program Rick Potts...

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Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: Journey's EndFeb 26, 2015
1x02: The Adaptable ApeFeb 19, 2015
1x01: Rise of a SpeciesFeb 12, 2015
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