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Traces the expansion of the human race from central Africa to Asia to the edge of South America.


Clive Maltby


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Credited cast:
William H. Calvin William H. Calvin ... Himself (as William Calvin)
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza ... Himself
Nina Jablonski Nina Jablonski ... Herself
Richard Klein Richard Klein ... Himself
Michel Lorblanchet Michel Lorblanchet ... Himself
Zakirzhan Niyazov Zakirzhan Niyazov ... Himself
R.M. Pitchappan R.M. Pitchappan ... Himself
Merritt Ruhlen Merritt Ruhlen ... Himself
Peter Underhill Peter Underhill ... Himself
Spencer Wells Spencer Wells ... Host
Doug Williams Doug Williams ... Himself
Royden Yates Royden Yates ... Himself


Traces the expansion of the human race from central Africa to Asia to the edge of South America.

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21 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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A Jornada do Homem See more »

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Amguema Tundra, Siberia, Russia See more »

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An amazingly clear and concise tracing of human genetic history
3 June 2007 | by wprechtSee all my reviews

Shows the path taken by human migrations out of Africa, by locating and following markers in the DNA. The narrator is an American scientist, Spencer Wells, and a very adept commentator and explainer. His film crew travels to many world sites, starting with a group of "bushmen" in Africa, which are the oldest bloodlines yet found - the origins of all the rest of us.

He shows how the several migrations led to colonization of Australia, eastern Asia, and how those Asians led to the crossing of the Bering Straits and the eventual splitting into all the "native American" tribes. Other Asians (the oldest is in Kazakhstan) led to the population of Europe. All this in 2000 generations - since 40,000 years ago.

Amazing stuff.

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