First Peoples: Europe

First Peoples

First Peoples: Europe Preview

Aired: 2015-07-08 04:00:00 0:30 Rating: NR

Find out why Neanderthals, with whom early humans in Europe interbred, went extinct.

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 since, we’ve had Europe and the rest of the world to ourselves.

Purchase the full First Peoples: Europe episode and other videos.

Learn About Oase Boy

Learn About Oase Boy

40,000 years ago, an adolescent hunter in the Carpathian Mountains died.

Streaming on:

Your purchase supports PBS and helps make our programming possible.

Support your local PBS station

PBS Video App

Stream the best of PBS.
Anytime, anywhere.

television laptop tablet phone
Download the Free App