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Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans - people physically identical to us today - left their African homeland and entered Europe, then a bleak and inhospitable continent in the grip of the Ice Age. But when they arrived, they were not alone: the stocky, powerfully built Neanderthals had already been living there for hundreds of thousands of years. So what happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war? That question has tantalized generations of scholars and seized the popular imagination. Then, in 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome - an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago - but their analysis showed that "we" modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today. In "Decoding Neanderthals," NOVA explores the implications of this exciting discovery. In the traditional view, Neanderthals differed from "us" in behavior and capabilities as well as anatomy. But were they really mentally inferior, as inexpressive and clumsy as the cartoon caveman they inspired? NOVA explores a range of intriguing new evidence for Neanderthal self-expression and language, all pointing to the fact that we may have seriously underestimated our mysterious, long-vanished human cousins.
I am a History teacher, my students & I love it!!! Buy it you will love it too!!!!!Published 1 day ago by Ramiro C.
Absolutely a must for those of us who are blessed with 3% or less Neanderthal DNA!Published 22 days ago by Judith Metcalfe
Wow! One of the best presentations on Neanderthals yet (and there are many out there). Includes most up-to-date info on genetic research as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rockin' Fuge
I liked this so much I bought a DVD for my grandson who is studying Neandrathals in school.Published 3 months ago by K. Dassis
This really settles the argument between Evolution and Significant Design! Neanderthals and humans are 2 different species! However, they did intermarry (? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynette L. Corn
This was fairly informative, albeit short 60 minute documentary that barely scratches the surface of Neanderthal and Neanderthal genetics. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Serene Night
delivered on time, like new product, and NOVA doesn't disappoint . I am very satisfiedPublished 9 months ago by brian chadwick