Buy New
$16.22
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Nova: Decoding Neandertha... has been added to your Cart
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.69
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$16.16
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: MightySilver
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Nova: Decoding Neanderthals

4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Mar 19, 2013)
"Please retry"
1
$16.22
$12.77 $9.95

Deal of the Day: "M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie" on DD
Today only, save big on this M*A*S*H bundle, which includes all 11 seasons of the hit television show and the feature film. This offer ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Learn more
$16.22 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Nova: Decoding Neanderthals
  • +
  • Becoming Human
  • +
  • Journey of Man
Total price: $49.99
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Over 60,000 years ago, the first modern humans 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?

Product Details

  • Actors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AK51Q8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

"Decoding Neanderthals" is a fascinating documentary about the latest research on Neanderthals. It seems the consensus on these problematic creatures changes every other decade or so, in an almost pendulum-like fashion. When I was a kid, Neanderthals were considered a subspecies of Homo sapiens. There was even a French animated comic which depicted Neanderthals as identical to "real" humans. Then the pendulum swung in the other direction, and suddenly the Neanderthals became a separate species of slightly dull evolutionary cousins who didn't quite make it through. They were absolutely not our ancestors, and their DNA wasn't like ours, either.

Now, the pendulum has swung in the other direction again! Are we to believe "Decoding Neanderthals", these paleo-brutes (who are said to have the mother of all image problems) were closely related to our own species, so closely that they could interbreed with us and produce fertile offspring. I admit I was stunned. I must have missed this piece of sensational science news somewhere in between Justin Bieber's and Britney Spears' latest exploits...

The documentary further claims that Neanderthals were more intelligent than previously imagined, and had a symbolic culture. They could produce glue through an artificial, "industrial" process (rather than just gather natural glue from, say, trees). Neanderthals also used red paint on their bodies, might have used feathers for decoration, and buried their dead. Genetic research shows that these supposedly primitive hominins had the same gene for language skills as modern humans. I wonder how long before the old speculations about a "cave bear cult" is dusted off and reused?

But, as mentioned, the most sensational new piece of evidence is that Neanderthals interbred with Homo sapiens.
Read more ›
1 Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
a really interesting watch. it lays to rest questions of Neanderthal genetic inheritance among Modern Humans. At times it gets a little too scientific when it starts to explain the genome stuff, but that's probably just me.. as i've never really studied that area of science. but a great dvd. just wish it were in blu-ray format.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
XXXXX

"They were the brutes of Ice Age Europe. Although a branch of our human family tree, they were seen as a dead end, deep in our prehistoric past. They were called Neanderthals.

They etched out a marginal existence, hunted by brute force, with only simple stone tools. They were considered primitive with no language, art, or the higher-level thinking of advanced species like us.

They began to disappear 40,000 years ago, as modern humans, our species, came on the scene.

But this primitive picture is being replaced by a different image of Neanderthals. It's bringing them much closer to us, as genetic evidence revises our human family tree and reveals their mysterious presence right within our genes.

Now archaeologists are finding new evidence to resolve bitter debates. In tool-making, they're seeing signs of language. A new Neanderthal mind emerges. And if scientists are finally finding the real legacy of the Neanderthals buried deep in our history and our genes, what does it say about all of us?"

The above comes from the preview of this exceptional documentary about Neanderthals, our closest extinct ancestor.

This program looks at such topics as the technologies of Neanderthals, their intelligence, and their genetic makeup. (The genetic studies on Neanderthals took about four years to complete.)

The end of this program asks the question:

"Why are we [humans] still here and the Neanderthal not?"

The answer to this question may shock you.

Finally, throughout this documentary are brief comments made by university professors, geneticists, etc.

In conclusion, this is an exceptional program that may radically change your perception of Neanderthals.
Read more ›
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I'd seen two episodes of the series on t.v. and was quite interested to find that there was a dvd of the entire series. However the dvd isn't quite what you might expect it to be as while it does detail how the view of the Neanderthal has changed over the past decade, it also leaves you wishing that the episodes had gone into more detail and that there were more episodes. The information touched on such as tool making, encounters with the 'humans' and how mankind does still share genes with the Neanderthals is interesting but is overall very shallow and leaves much unanswered as to the life of a Neanderthal, their overall history and their eventual absorption into the 'human' race. Interesting and hopefully there'll sometime be a companion dvd or additional episodes that explains what's only lightly touched on in this one.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This was fairly informative, albeit short 60 minute documentary that barely scratches the surface of Neanderthal and Neanderthal genetics. A lot of time is spent in the beginning dispensing with a lot of the 'myths' about Neanderthals, specifically that they were brutish thuggish semi-human creatures. There is some live action scenes with people in makeup to look like Neanderthals vs. Homo Sapiens. The very brief encounter between the homo sapiens man and the Neanderthal woman could've been longer and better visualized. There are a lot of filler scenes with costumed Neanderthals and homo sapiens posing looking cool.

There just wasn't enough 'meat' in this documentary to really rate this higher. Perhaps if it has been longer, and had more information. As it was this was a brief intro to Neanderthals that should be the beginning of a more in depth series.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Nova: Decoding Neanderthals
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Nova: Decoding Neanderthals


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video