The Incredible Human Journey
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Roberts shows how the evidence from bones, artefacts and genes tells us that Homo sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa between 200,000 and 150,000 years ago and that all non-African humans throughout the world today are descended from one group of Homo sapiens who left Africa between 85,000 and 65,000 years ago.
On her journey Roberts meets people who personify and bring to life many of the debates relating to human evolution. For example, at Pinnacle Point in South Africa she meets one of the archaeologists who have been excavating Blombos Cave. It was here that shell beads and pieces of ochre with carved geometric patterns were found dating back 75,000 years. At the same place other pieces of ochre were found dating back to 164,000 years ago, showing that modern humans were painting by that date. This evidence shot down the theory held by some scientists that art (and therefore modern brains and behaviour) did not appear until about 40,000 years ago in Europe. (For more on this, see my review here on Amazon of Stephen Oppenheimer's book, "The Real Eve".)
Roberts meets some people who still refuse to accept the overwhelming evidence that all humans today are descended from African Homo sapiens. Some still cling to the untenable view that different so-called "races" of people evolved separately in different parts of the world from an earlier Homo species.Read more ›
She tries to answer the questions we will be asking for years to come. Why are we alone? How did our ancestors survive? What did they face, what dangers did they overcome? Why or how did they spread out over the surface of the Earth? What pathways did they take?
Wonderful scenes - loved how she REALLY does trace the journey of mankind, visiting Asia, Europe, America and Australia in her search. She is even able to pinpoint the very area where people likely moved out of Africa. And it looks like she had fun doing it also!
The general perspectives involve the most up to date research, such as the idea the Americas were first colonised by boat people down the west coast from Siberia and Alaska, since the rest was cut off from ice, and even the idea that some of these people were not from 'Siberia' as such, but rather further south around Melanesia-Austronesia, and the idea that the lack of sophisticated stone tools in SE Asia for long periods is because the widespread hard silica bamboo is such a versatile resource (can be used for ropes, string, planks, pipes, sharp knives, spears, rafts, houses, etc etc), but which doesn't survive in the archeological record for obvious reasons.
But for some reason she has missed recent research which suggests 1-4% of our genes are Neanderthal, and there was also a Neanderthal sub/species in Siberia- which genes show up in modern Melanesians.Read more ›
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Fantastic and wonderful journey. Lets keep up the global research.Often with this type of research every link in the chain raises more questions as well as solving a solutionPublished 21 days ago by Jon Osman
WOW!! If this was a book I would not have been able to put it down! This was a very well done and fascinating account of where "we" came from and how we arrived to the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen B.
I rarely write reviews but this DVD was fantastic and I thought I should do this. If you are fascinated by history, by human evolution, even curious how we got here in the world,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R&R
This is an excellent account of the human journey from Africa to the ends of the world. Dr. Roberts uses DNA and archeological evidence to retrace the journey of our ancestors.Published 13 months ago by GISProfessor
Watch and learn. Great information!!! Very well done and presented.Published 14 months ago by Dorothea
Really loved this one!! Very well done, and interesting deluxe!Published 19 months ago by CARL D. BAKER