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Origins of Us

Synopsis
Three-part documentary series in which Dr Alice Roberts reveals how the human body tells the story of our evolution. The way we look, think and behave is a product of a six-million-year struggle for survival that transformed us from forest-dwelling apes to the most powerful species on the planet.

Programme 1 - BONES - In the first programme Dr Roberts examines our skeleton with its long legs and narrow waist, which, together with our naked, furless skin and rounded bottom, reveals how our ancestors survived on the open plains.

Programme 2 - GUTS - This episode examines how our ancestors’ search for food changed the shape our faces, the way we see colour, and even how we look for and keep a mate.

Programme 3 - BRAINS - Was it really our big brains that enabled us to succeed where other human species like the Neanderthals died out?
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2011
Notes
Broadcast in 3 weekly parts on BBC2 beginning 17/10/2011
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
bone; brain; digestive system; human biology; human evolution

Credits

Contributor
Alice Roberts

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195.00 each or £585.00 series (BA) £13.27 (2E)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
3 x 50 minutes
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
Notes
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Name

BBC Active

Email
bbcactive.bbcstudies@pearson.com
Web
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Fax
020 7010 6965
Address
Mezzanine
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London
WC2R 0RL
Notes
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