Clash Of The Cavemen
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In CLASH OF THE CAVEMEN, cinematic re-creations and state-of-the-art CGI bring to life the Neanderthals--stocky, powerful and able to tolerate intense pain--and their foes, the Cro-Magnons--weaker and more fragile but with a superior brain capable of complex thought. This cinema-quality documentary from HISTORY uses the latest science to re-create the surroundings and dangers they endured: massive four-legged predators, punishing temperatures, and the unrelenting threat of starvation.
Cutting-edge archaeological and anthropological research, including data from the ongoing Neanderthal genome mapping project at Germany s Max Planck Institute, lends up-to-the- minute realism and accuracy to this cataclysmic fight to the finish.
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The documentary tries to lay out for us the way scientists think the displacement and disappearance of Neanderthals may have occurred. I must criticize this for some blatant stupidity: the same scientists who argued that neither of the human species had language also argue that they had religion and rituals. Everyone coming out of Anthropology 101 knows you can't have religion or ritual without language. And even monkeys talk to each other, though not the way humans do. This documentary seems terribly conflicted about the mental levels of our super-ancient ancestors.
Also, in the style of National Geographic's Birth of Civilization there is a lot of sheer speculation embodied in mocked-up situations, such as Neanderthals hiding in a cave from the Cro-Magnon hunters and the stories of the fates of various Neanderthals of this little wandering tribe. That sort of acting and silly speculation always angers me. And as one reviewer famously said, " 'But my kids enjoyed it' just doesn't wash." Exactly: my kids enjoyed it, indeed. Some recommendation!Read more ›
But keeping that in mind, I do recomend it. It is interesting, entertaining, and filled with thought provoking (if unproven) ideas.
The problem is that Modern man and Neanderthals are closely related, indeed, probably sharing a common ancestor less than 800,000 years ago. We have all been treated to the less-than-fascinating information that human and chimp DNA is an approximately 98.5% match--and--our genetic lineage separated from chimp lineage at least 7 million years ago. Therefore, simple extrapolation would strongly suggest that our genetic 'identity' with Neanderthals must have been in the high 99%, WITHOUT [or before, depending on your preference] hybridization of 'pure' Neanderthals with 'pure' modern humans. To separate the tiny amount of DNA that may have been added SINCE [hybridization] our last common ancestor is far more ticklish than the proverbial needle-in-the-haystack.
It may have occurred but, at the present time, it is still speculative. What isn't speculative is that we shared the vast majority of our genes with Neanderthal but were quite different anatomically and probably culturally. Neanderthal technology, as indicated by stone tools and weapons, barely changed in 250,000 years. It almost makes us wonder whether stone chipping could have been genetic rather than learned behavior. Allmost certainly, however, it was 'learned' because we, as Neanderthal's closest ancestors, aren't driven to chip stones.
I also take issue with dressing up modern people to 'look' like Neanderthals.Read more ›
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I like it. I occasionally saw it at Borders seven years ago. I would have like to have bought it at the time, but like sometimes has to throw a stick in our spokes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Clash of the Cavemen" is a History Channel documentary about the Neanderthals, with particular emphasis on their mysterious disappearance. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Ashtar Command
Oh if I hadn't watched it four or five times I would watch it one again. Great story, nice effects.Published on December 13, 2012 by Jorge H. De La Cerda
Modern man springing out of Africa would take tens of thousands of years to morph into the different races of the world today. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by TB
I bought this video to show to my history class. Not only is it too long but it has too much extraneous fluff that distracts from the essential facts. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Luaulucy
Well, I saw this DVD at Best Buy and decided to get it because of the exciting title, "Clash of the Cavemen", and the fact that it used quote, "state-of-the-art CGI" or Computer... Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Rokit