Welcome to the companion Web site to "Neanderthals on Trial,"
originally broadcast on January 22, 2002.
The film probes the enigma of our Neanderthal
cousins and the roots of our own ancestry. Here's what you'll find online:
Casts of Characters
Using fully rotatable 360° QuickTime movies, compare casts of two famous skulls—the La Chapelle-aux-Saints Neanderthal and Cro Magnon I. Learn their histories and ferret out their anatomical differences.
Into the Fray: The Producer's Story
In this straight-from-the-shoulder essay, Mark Davis, the producer of "Neanderthals on Trial," describes how he went about making a balanced film about a subject on whose particulars no two experts seem to agree.
Tracing Ancestry with MtDNA
By studying mitochondrial DNA, some geneticists have traced the maternal lineages of all modern humans back to a common ancestor who lived 150,000 years ago. They've also found no evidence that we're related to Neanderthals. What's the logic behind their theory? Find out here.
Dig and Deduce (Hot Science)
Uncover bone fragments and artifacts at three Neanderthal excavation sites, then step into the morass known as archeological interpretation.