Origins - The Human Factor

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200A01Upright Apes And Handy Men20000126

Aubrey Manning presents a three-part history of human evolution in Africa six million years ago.

1: `Upright Apes and Handy Men'.

Why did apes start walking, and what did the first stone tools do for the brains of our early ancestors?

200A02Humans Go Global20000202

Aubrey Manning presents a three-part history of human evolution in Africa six million years ago.

2: `Humans Go Global'.

Bands of early humans venture out of Africa for the first time and expand their territory into Asia and Europe.

The big-brained Neanderthals take the stage in Europe, but what happens when they encounter invaders from Africa?

200A03Pictures, Words And Modernity20000209

Aubrey Manning presents the last in a three-part history of human evolution in Africa six million years ago.

`Pictures, Words and Modernity'.

Manning ventures into Stone Age caves in France and South Africa, searching for the dawn of the modern mind.

Is the evidence painted on the walls, or is it carried in fine bone needles made by African hunter-gatherers of 90,000 years ago?