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Becoming Human Part 1

Season 36 Episode 13 | 51m 27s

Part 1, "First Steps," examines the factors that caused us to split from the other great apes. The program explores the fossil of "Selam," also known as "Lucy's Child." Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged spent five years carefully excavating the sandstone-embedded fossil. NOVA's cameras are there to capture the unveiling of the face, spine, and shoulder blades of this 3.3 million-year-old fossil.

Aired: 11/02/09

Expired: 12/31/15

Rating: TV-PG

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