Great Human Odyssey

Follow our ancient ancestors’ footsteps out of Africa and into every corner of our planet. Airing October 5, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired October 5, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

Our ancient human ancestors once lived only in Africa, in tiny bands of a few thousand hunter-gatherers. Then we moved out of our African cradle, spreading rapidly to every corner of the planet. How did we acquire the skills, technology and talent to thrive in every environment on earth? How did our prehistoric forebears cross the Sahara on foot, survive frigid ice ages, and sail to remote Pacific islands? “Great Human Odyssey” is a spectacular global journey following their footsteps out of Africa along a trail of fresh scientific clues. With unique glimpses of today’s Kalahari hunters, Siberian reindeer herders, and Polynesian navigators, we discover amazing skills that hint at how our ancestors survived and prospered long ago.

 

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WRITTEN BY
Larry Klein
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Niobe Thompson
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Charles Taylor
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Andrew Manske
NARRATED BY
Jay O. Sanders
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Doug Quade
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Sara Crosby
Emma Radford
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A NOVA Production by Clearwater Documentary Inc. in association with CBC

A NOVA Production by Lawrence Klein Productions, LLC for WGBH Boston.

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the George D. Smith Fund, and Neil and Anna Rasmussen Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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© aAron Munson, Clearwater Documentary Inc.

Participants

Sarah Anzick
Molecular Biologist
Berhane Asfaw
Paleontologist
Kalepa Baybayan
Navigator
Yonas Beyene
Archaeologist
Nick Conard
Archaeologist
Tom Coulthard
Physical Geographer
Genevieve Dewar
Anthropologist
Shane Doyle
Apsaalooke (Crow) Educator
Brian Fagan
Anthropologist
Katerina Harvati
Paleoanthropologist
Christopher Henshilwood
Archaeologist
Thor Heyerdahl, Jr.
Marine Scientist
Donald Johanson
Paleoanthropologist
Patrick Kirch
Archaeologist
Marta Lahr
Paleoanthropologist
Sam Low
Filmmaker
Curtis Marean
Anthropologist
Lisa Matisoo-Smith
Geneticist
John Parkington
Archaeologist
Rick Potts
Paleoanthropologist
José Ramírez-Aliaga
Archaeologist
Erika Schagatay
Physiologist
Wulf Schiefenhövel
Anthropologist
Chris Stringer
Anthropologist
Niobe Thompson
Anthropologist
Hans Peter Uerpmann
Archaeologist
Piers Vitebsky
Anthropologist
Spencer Wells
Geneticist, Anthropologist
Eske Willerslev
Evolutionary Biologist

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