When a geological cataclysm separates two populations of humans for several hundred thousand years they evolve into two separate species; Neandethals in arctic Europe and Homo Spaiens in arid Africa....
Homo agasta display the beginnings of families, tool making, team work and vocal communications. Some migrate out of Africa resulting in the evolution of additional human species in different parts ...
At this stage several kinds of ape men populated Africa, each with its own unique adaptations. These species were doomed as the African continent grew increasingly arid, but a new human species well ...
A behind-the-scenes look at how the animators, sculptors and palaeontologists, using the latest state-of-the-art animatronics and computer graphics, collaborated to re-create not just these... See full summary »
A million years ago in Africa: the last of the ape-humans is on flight from the humans, who killed the rest of his clan. Alone, seeking others of his kind, he traverses steps, deserts and ... See full summary »
This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.
The story of human evolution is told through the stories of representative members of the various species leading up to modern homo sapiens. It is ongoing climate changes that force human ancestors to develop, one by one, the unique characteristics of the modern humans. Though earlier species were superbly successful in their environments they were unsustainable when the environment changes. Written by
In Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001), the Australopithecus were portrayed via computer graphics and animatronic puppets because of their non-humanlike proportions. In this show, they are all actors wearing extensive makeup (minus the baby Australopithecus, which is of course a puppet). This method sacrificed anatomical accuracy for more expressive and diverse characters. See more »
Since all the ape-men are modern-day actors wearing makeup, this means that several species have the wrong body proportions and also a much taller head. See more »
Like a lot of people I was impressed with the previous "walking with" achievements. This one mostly uses real people and has a whole different feel to it. The acting is superb and you'll forget you're watching people in makeup and hairy suits. That said, there seems to be a constant problem with productions that portray early human ancestors. I guess there's a tendency to think ancient means crude and sloppy, and that's the way these beings are shown. Think brutish as in "Quest for Fire". Somehow I think smashing an egg in your hand and getting only a bit of it, stumbling around and wasting energy or wearing furs in the cold that look like they''ll fall off in a slight breeze isn't the way these guys survived to become you and me. Probably it's meant to show how different thay were from us, but I hope future attempts might use a little more imagination. Worth a look though.
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