First Peoples
An Exploration of Human Evolution

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First Peoples - An Exploration of Human Evolution
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5 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Americas
As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas -- because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that…
Episode 2 Africa
Around 200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests…
Episode 3 Asia
What happened when early humans ventured out of Africa and into Asia? Where did they go and whom did they meet along the way? The latest evidence suggests they left…
Episode 4 Australia
When Homo sapiens arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There…
Episode 5 Europe
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed -- and both created artifacts of similar…

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Americas
Episode 1 of First Peoples
As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas -- because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that the pioneers, known as Clovis people, arrived about 13,000 years ago, but an underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived…
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Part of the Series: NOVA - Making North America
How has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today?
Africa
Episode 2 of First Peoples
Around 200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th-century African-American slave is forcing…
Asia
Episode 3 of First Peoples
What happened when early humans ventured out of Africa and into Asia? Where did they go and whom did they meet along the way? The latest evidence suggests they left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with other types of ancient human - Homo erectus, Neanderthals and also the…
Australia
Episode 4 of First Peoples
When Homo sapiens arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between the First Australians and modern-day Aborigines. The ancient and modern story intersect…
Europe
Episode 5 of First Peoples
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed -- and both created artifacts of similar complexity. But as more and more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, the balance of power shifted. Neanderthals were overwhelmed. Ever…
Origins
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making North America
Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.
Life
Part of the Series: NOVA - Making North America
How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life?
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Shape
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Elements
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Color
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