First Peoples

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Aired: 2015-06-24 04:00:00 2:04 Rating: NR

This is a global detective story, featuring new fossil finds and the latest research.

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First Peoples aired Summer 2015.

200,000 years ago we took our first steps on the African savanna. Today there are 7 billion of us living across planet Earth.

How did our ancestors beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? What was the secret to their success?

This is a global detective story, featuring new fossil finds and the latest genetic research. It’s a story that revolves around a shocking revelation. In prehistoric times, we met and mated with other types of human – like Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus. This mixing of genes helped us survive - and ultimately thrive.

Scientists are beginning to realize that ours is not a pedigree species, but a patchwork. We are all hybrids.

First Peoples was produced by Wall to Wall Television.

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