Depicting Our Ancestors

  • By David Levin
  • Posted 10.26.09
  • NOVA

How does a filmmaker show ancient hominids not just as fossils but also as flesh-and-blood beings? In this audio slide show, Graham Townsley, who produced NOVA's three-part series "Becoming Human," describes his team's efforts.

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In this audio slide show, filmmaker Graham Townsley describes what it takes to bring ancient hominids to life.



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courtesy Graham Townsley/Shining Red Productions

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