Archeologist Richard Hansen and his team trek through the Guatemalan rain forest while above them a satellite sees through the dense jungle and points the way towards a lost Mayan city. This jungle holds a secret, a treasure abandoned two thousand years ago. It’s a secret unlocked from outer space with a breathtaking new technology.
The discovery of 80 skeletons at a York archeological dig. Of the 80 skeletons the majority: large, powerfully built men dating from Roman times, were found at a dig in Driffield Terrace, Holgate. This fascinating discovery gives real insight into the world of archeology.
It was an epic battle of brains versus brawn that determined the course of human history. In this scenario, based on scientific theories, witness our prehistoric ancestors as they clash with a completely different species of humans some 30,000 years ago in Ice Age Europe. In the ice-ravaged wilds of Europe, circa 25,000 BC, a range war like no other raged between two species of primitive man. In a unique moment in the world’s history, these two species, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon.
NOVA’s groundbreaking investigation explores how new discoveries are transforming views of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, footage shot in the trenches as fossils were unearthed, and stunning computer-generated animation, Becoming Human brings early hominids to life, examining how they lived and how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today.
Some 75,000 years ago, something apocalyptic occurred that left relative few humans alive to carry on the species. Human evolution is believed to have begun some six million years ago. Despite the passage of so much time, the amount of diversity among the DNA of all humans is minuscule. The cause of this bottleneck is now believed to have been a massive volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A super eruption from the site of Lake Toba in Sumatra blasted out more than two hundred cubic miles of ash over an area of over a million square miles.