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First Peoples

First Peoples is a five-part PBS documentary series about how Homo Sapiens migrated across the continents and populated the Earth. How did early humans migrate across the Americas? How closely related were these First Americans to today's Native Americans? How did Homo Sapiens migrate across Africa and evolve? What happened when early humans ventured out of Africa and into Asia? Where did they go and whom did they meet along the way? How did early humans arrive in Australia and populate the continent? Did Homo Sapiens interbreed with Neanderthals when they moved into Europe? Featuring new fossil finds and the latest genetic research, this program reveals how Homo Sapiens migrated across the continents and became dominant, emphasizing that the mixing of prehistoric human genes helped our species survive and thrive around the globe.

Episode 1 - Americas
This episode looks at early human migrations to the Americas. An underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived earlier than previously thought - and by boat, not on foot.

Episode 2 - Africa
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.

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?

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?

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 complexity.


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