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"Nova" Decoding Neanderthals (2013)

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9 January 2013 (Season 40, Episode 7)
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What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war? | Add synopsis »
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Who were the Neanderthals and why did they disappear? See more (1 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast)
Frederick Coolidge
Metin Eren ... Himself
Ed Green ... Himself
John Hawks ... Himself
Corey Johnson ... Himself / Narrator
April Nowell ... Herself
Svante Pääbo ... Himself
Wil Roebroeks ... Himself
Chris Stringer ... Himself
Michael Walker ... Himself
Thomas Wynn ... Himself
Joao Zilhao ... Himself
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Nick Clarke Powell 
 
Produced by
Paula Apsell .... executive producer
Matthew Barrett .... producer
Laurie Cahalane .... coordinating producer
Patrick Carey .... associate producer
David Condon .... development producer
Julia Cort .... senior producer
Steve Murphy .... drama line producer
Pamela Rosenstein .... development producer
Chris Schmidt .... senior producer
Melanie Wallace .... senior series producer
 
Original Music by
David Hamill 
 
Production Management
Patrick Carey .... post-production manager
Nathan Gunner .... post-production manager
Stephanie Mavropoulos .... production manager
Stephanie Mills .... production manager
 
Art Department
Tyler Howe .... senior designer
 
Sound Department
Danny Finn .... sound mixer
Hayden Jackson .... sound recordist
Steve Roseboom .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Braithwaite .... digital compositor
Mark Braithwaite .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Duncan .... visual effects artist
Michael Gardiner .... matte painting
Steven Gomez .... visual effects producer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Numeroff .... camera operator
Chris Openshaw .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Michael H. Amundson .... post-production on-line editor
Ross Baker .... colorist
Chris Clark .... on-line editor
Tim De Chant .... digital editor
Brittany Flynn .... post-production assistant
Spencer Gentry .... post-production on-line editor
Alex Kreuter .... post-production editor
Rebecca Nieto .... post-production editor
 
Music Department
Ray Loring .... music theme
John Luker .... music theme
Rob Morsberger .... music theme
Walter Werzowa .... music theme
 
Other crew
Lauren Aguirre .... media director (as Lauren S. Aguirre)
Kristine Allington .... project coordinator
Kate Becker .... researcher
Elizabeth Benjes .... business manager
Linda Callahan .... production coordinator
Eileen Campion .... publicist
Rachel Connolly .... education director
Allison Eck .... production assistant
Linzy Emery .... compliance manager
Sarah Erlandson .... paralegal
Janice Flood .... talent relations
Brittany N. Flynn .... production assistant
Rachel Gesserman .... educational coordinator
Ivan Hadingham .... senior science editor
Dan Hart .... developer
Scott Kardel .... talent relations
Sarah Kinsella .... production coordinator
Karen Laverty .... publicist
Maiken Lilley .... educational coordinator
Victoria Louie .... publicist
Alan Ritsko .... managing director
Susan Rosen .... legal counsel
Anna Rothschild .... production assistant
Camila Ruz .... researcher
Kristen Sommerhalter .... administrator
Rosie Waldron .... researcher
 
Thanks
Jontxu Portusiano Hastalamedula .... special thanks
Klara Parmova .... special thanks
 

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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Hobson  (episode "Orangutan - Man of the Forest")

Produced by
D.J. Roller .... producer (one episode)
 
Original Music by
James Yannatos 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Henriques (lighting cameraman) (multiple episodes)
D.J. Roller (multiple episodes)
 
Sound Department
G. John Garrett .... production sound mixer (multiple episodes) (1985-)
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist (1992-)
 
Other crew
Gary Martyn .... production assistant
Sallie McGuire Nicholas .... production assistant
 
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Who were the Neanderthals and why did they disappear?, 20 July 2014
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I found this program on Netflix streaming movies. The researchers started out just studying Neanderthals, and very simply seeing if they had the "speech" gene that modern humans have. The quest began with the task of finding some Neanderthal DNA from ancient bone samples.

The first big surprise was that Neanderthals actually had that gene, and further investigation showed that their DNA was not that different from what we know today as modern Homo Sapiens, us.

The further surprise was that modern human DNA contains generally from 1% to 4% of Neanderthal DNA, a result once thought to be impossible, because if they were different species then they could not mate and reproduce. But Neanderthal DNA present in modern humans forced them to rethink everything.

The final data compared percent Neanderthal DNA by country of origin, using quite a number of volunteers. The surprising result was that Europeans, the region where most Neanderthal artifacts have been found, along with Asians, have the highest percentages of Neanderthal DNA, leading to the conclusion that as Homo Sapiens (Latin for 'wise man') migrated 40,000 years ago into southern Europe, they encountered Neanderthals and actually mated with them to reproduce.

For years it has been thought that Neanderthals went extinct over an approximate 10,000 year period, killed off by the more intelligent Homo Sapiens. But this new research leads to a better conclusion, that Neanderthals, with their much smaller numbers, simply got absorbed into the general population, dominated by Homo Sapiens, over the generations.

This program is a great look into who the Neanderthals might have been and how they might have become extinct.

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