Science and Nature

Neanderthal

This two-part series investigates what our ancient ancestors looked like and what would have happened when we met them. It turns out that what we thought we knew about them is wrong. They weren’t hunched, grunting, knuckle-dragging ape-men at all. In a reconstructed, imaginary confrontation, we discover they were faster, smarter, better looking and much more like us than we ever thought.

Episode 2

54m 42s

Join Ella Al-Shamahi, assisted by Hollywood actor Andy Serkis, as she explores the fate of the Neanderthals, asking why they became extinct and discovering how they live on inside us today.

Episodes

  • Episode 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2

    S1 E2 - 54m 42s

    Join Ella Al-Shamahi, assisted by Hollywood actor Andy Serkis, as she explores the fate of the Neanderthals, asking why they became extinct and discovering how they live on inside us today.

  • Episode 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 1

    S1 E1 - 55m 13s

    Follow Andy Serkis, the master of performance capture, Ella Al-Shamahi, a rising star in Neanderthal research, and a group of experts who create, for the first time ever, a scientifically accurate 3D Neanderthal.

Extras + Features

  • Bringing Ned to Life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bringing Ned to Life

    2m 11s

    Hollywood master of motion-capture, Andy Serkis – the man who brought us Golem in "The Lord of the Rings" and Caesar in "Planet of the Apes" – brings Ned the Neanderthal back to life.

  • Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview

    30s

    This two-part series investigates what our ancient ancestors looked like and what would have happened when we met them. It turns out that what we thought we knew about them is wrong. They weren’t hunched, grunting, knuckle-dragging ape-men at all. In a reconstructed, imaginary confrontation, we discover they were faster, smarter, better looking and much more like us than we ever thought.

  • The Last Neanderthals: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Last Neanderthals

    4m 32s

    Ella Al-Shamahi travels to the very Southern tip of Europe to meet the Neanderthals who once occupied the Rock of Gibraltar. It may have been one of the last places that Neanderthals survived.

  • Decoding Neanderthal DNA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Decoding Neanderthal DNA

    2m 48s

    In Leipzig, Germany Ella meets Svante Paabo, the man who decoded Neanderthal DNA and made a very surprising discovery.

  • Our Neanderthal Legacy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Our Neanderthal Legacy

    3m 49s

    At Vanderbilt University, geneticist Tony Capra investigates how our Neanderthal genes affect us today.

  • Episode 2 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview

    30s

    Join Ella Al-Shamahi, assisted by Hollywood actor Andy Serkis, as she explores the fate of the Neanderthals, asking why they became extinct and discovering how they live on inside us today.

  • Neanderthal Vocalization: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Neanderthal Vocalization

    3m 33s

    Could Neanderthals speak? Anatomist Sandra Martelli reveals the latest experimental evidence that lets us listen to a Neanderthal voice.

  • What Did Neanderthals Look Like?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Did Neanderthals Look Like?

    3m 2s

    Using the skull of a Neanderthal, found in the Shanidar Cave in northern Iraq, facial reconstruction expert Chris Rynn is able to build a picture of a Neanderthal face that hasn’t been seen for 60,000 years.

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