This is a 3-part series airing on PBS, exploring the evolution of humanity.
Having watched part 1 of this series a while back, I wanted to bring it to the attention of anyone who has not yet viewed it, as it is well worth watching, and it’s a must see if you haven’t kept up with this topic since they present new info regarding our origins.
You can now view Part 1 online.
Part 1, “First Steps,” examines the factors that caused us to split from the other great apes. The program explores the fossil of “Selam,” also known as “Lucy’s Child.” Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged spent five years carefully excavating the sandstone-embedded fossil. NOVA’s cameras are there to capture the unveiling of the face, spine, and shoulder blades of this 3.3 million-year-old fossil child. And NOVA takes viewers “inside the skull” to show how our ancestors’ brains had begun to change from those of the apes.
Why did leaps in human evolution take place? “First Steps” explores a provocative “big idea” that sharp swings of climate were a key factor.
Parts 2 & 3 have not yet aired, and the schedule is posted below; if you happen to miss one or both, they’ll be viewable online once they’ve aired on PBS.