8 million years of the human species

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"A Species Odyssey" portrays the origins of Mankind from the moment the first primate stood up on their hind legs and set off to conquer the African Savanna, to modern Man, setting off to conquer space. 7 million years of triumph fraught with difficulties and extraordinary events that make Man what he is today. Written by L.G.

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Pretty good
11 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

A fairly entertaining two part series looking at the (possible) origins of humankind. There was a lot of creative liberty and taken with how these people may have lived, especially with their adventures and discoveries, but it helped give this documentary a little more life. There was also plenty of what is still at this time speculation more or less presented as fact, but I've noticed a lot of recent documentaries about early man or dinosaurs do the same thing.

Also, they often had the same members of a particular species involved in events at both the dawn and demise of their species, which is obviously impossible since they were happening thousands of years apart. But it's forgivable. What I did take issue with though were the obvious grainy stock shots of modern African animals just inserted into the program, as they looked ridiculously out of place.

The early homonid species were brought to life with some decent (but not great) CGI and plenty of prosthetics and makeup on naked, dirty actors. The latter is probably not quite as convincing, since it's always obvious a modern human man is underneath it whereas early man would have had a noticeably different shape to his body as well as being smaller, and likewise the Neanderthals weren't as bulky as they should have been. It's a shame early man is always depicted by a human character with some prosthetics, hair and makeup on their faces, but for practically reasons that's just about the best they can do right now.

I certainly enjoyed it though, and it has further piqued my interest in paleoanthropology which is a fascinating and ever evolving subject.


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