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Ape to Man (History Channel) (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKVLA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It has long been considered the most compelling question in our history: Where do human beings come from? Although life has existed for millions of years, only in the past century-and-a-half have we begun to use science to explore the ancestral roots of our own species. The search for the ultimate answer has taken a number of twists and turns, with careers made and broken along the way. APE TO MAN is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race - a quest that spanned more than 150 years of obsessive searching The search for the origins of humanity is a story of bones and the tales they tell. It was in 1856 that the first bones of an extinct human ancestor were encountered, unearthed by a crew of unskilled laborers digging for limestone in Western Europe. The find, which would be known as Neanderthal Man, was seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 40,000 years. At the time, the concept of a previous human species was virtually unthinkable. Yet just a few years later, Charles Darwin's work The Origin of Species first broached the subject of evolution, and by the end of the nineteenth century, it had become the hottest topic of the age. Adventurers had embarked on the search for the Missing Link, the single creature that represented the evolutionary leap from apes to humans. APE TO MAN examines the major discoveries that have led us to the understanding we have today, including theories that never gained full acceptance in their time, an elaborate hoax that confused the scientific community for years, and the ultimate understanding of the key elements that separate man from apes. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for showing in class February 27, 2010
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I teach Intro to Anthropology at a local community college, and showed this in class last week. The students were engaged throughout, which is quite a feat, considering it's a 9:30am class. The information is factual, and the acting is only a little over the top. A great way to introduce students to the ideas behind human evolution, and to walk them step by step through the discoveries we've made in the past century. I would recommend it for high school and college classes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, History Channel! May 12, 2012
We're following two time lines here: Our actual ancestral history, and the history of discoveries revealing that history. It's not a smooth line. But both stories are fascinating, and the History Channel does a great job of presenting both.

[Pause while I look up something that was not mentioned, and see if I can figure out why.]

OK, now I can explain why Cro Magnon was not mentioned. The term is essentially obsolete among anthropologists, since they simply say "early modern man." Fine; I'll go with that. This movie agrees with several things I have read or seen, that Neanderthals are NOT our ancestors. They were a branch of the tree that also evolved from Australopithecus, moved into Europe while those remaining in Africa evolved into modern man. Then when modern man migrated into Europe, the well-established Neanderthal could not compete, and died out.

The most recent fossil humans were thus Homo erectus, Java man, about 800,000 years ago. Neanderthal had already been discovered, but it seemed to imply that the most defining characteristic of our development was larger and larger brains. And of course the Piltdown Man hoax of 1912 didn't help matters any.

Without going into the details, which I would only screw up anyway, let's just say that there are four basic approaches here. One is seeing the scientists in reenactments as they make their discoveries. Another is watching the hominids themselves (also reenactments, of course, but with great makeup and authentic details) as they go about those elements of their lives that go into making humans what we are: Lucy walking erect, Homo Habilis using stone tools, and finally early modern man using language and social organization to defeat the Neanderthals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wanna-be archaeologists dream February 24, 2010
i think what some reviewers called over-dramatization is really just the efforts of the makers to show you where and how in someone's life a discovery was made, as opposed to listing out straight facts. i thought it was fascinating--they went to great lengths to find these details, and it puts into perspective how recently our science has changed our views.

and i read somewhere that a bigger part of the reason we outlived neanderthal was because they only hunted big game, and the ice age ravished a lot of the big game. since we also gathered plants and roots for food ('hunter-gatherers'), our diet was more diverse and more adaptable to changing environment.

other than the neanderthal die-off reasons, (they cited bigger brains and direct competition-killing each other) it was a great show for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History Channel = Good Stuff July 26, 2006
I guess you can say it is somewhat made for mainstream television with all of the dramatic cuts, but that just spices up the content that is being viewed; also, it makes it easier to spread this beautiful story. It is worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human Evolution & Religion January 7, 2014
My background is chemical eng. I like reading the cradle of civilisation, astronomy, physics, archaeology, palaeontology, biology, anthropology, electronics. I've ever seen UFO by my eyes 3 times last year, 2013, (all appeared in the sky. Other people in the area watched it also. I've 2 eye witnesses on the 2nd watched) but I also do believe God existence as I find God's wonderful creation in me & other creations too. How wonderful is my mind & body work. From the lower cast (viruses) - highest (human/ alien) until the mighty universe (galaxies, quasars, dark matter, BLACK HOLES, etc) nothing is created by chance/ coincidentally. Even until subatomic particles bcs scientists found regularities & they can formulate it (nuclear energy, particle elementary science). I can understand some scientists anti/ battle against religion and vise versa bcs they see each other in different angle.

Scientists see anything based on 100% evidence & logic way of thinking while religion(s) is made for human moral guidance only bcs in the past/ ancient time human were still wild/ sadistic. Sometimes religion could explain something but admits miracles. It also admits God(s) who created this life/ Someone who is(are) higher thn us while Budha doesn't believe in God but in reincarnation. Hwvr, correct/ true religion is teaching us about moral/ do good things for humanity. So scientists & religion they see something at different angle bcs they both are created/ exist for a specific job.

Science without religion is like human can understand how material works/ created until subatomic level (elementary particles) but they don't believe tht stones form SOS sign in a desert means someone is in danger. They thought those are created naturally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reenactments Bring Scientific History to Life
This is a very good introduction to the subject of the human family tree with important tie-in lessons suggested concerning the (often hostile and wholly erroneous) reception new,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael W. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars A intellectually dishonest academic endeavor
Other than laying out in a clear and concise manner the names of both the anthropologists and their fossil finds, this DVD falls way short of being a conclusive presentation of the... Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by Book Hound
5.0 out of 5 stars I despise the Christian Hypocrites:
That debunk the history of our making on the supposed fact of the history of our evolution by a book that they call the bible that's only 2000 years old when they have the evidence... Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
Okay, okay, yes it was over-dramatized at some points, but so what? Nobody is watching this for the drama, anyway. They do a good job outlining how we came to be what we are today. Read more
Published on April 24, 2008 by Brandon E. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Ape to Man
This DVD has many interesting facts to offer in for human evolution. It is becoming more apparent that human evolution is real. Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by Nick James Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this? The 70s?
Ape To Man by the History Channel is television's version of a soap opera based on some kind of badly written romance novel. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by Michael Valdivielso
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