First Peoples: Europe

First Peoples

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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.

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