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Out of the Cradle: The Origins of Humanity

Focus Theme:
2019 Humboldt and the Web of Life

How did the human family's earliest ancestors, weak and arguably helpless, evolve into one of the most successful species on Earth? This 3-part series tells their story, spanning seven million years and still very much shrouded in mystery, through findings by the latest in paleoanthropology. At crucial junctures, life-like CGI dramatizations by the world's top video game creators take viewers into the prehistoric world on a level rarely seen in a documentary. Witness this extraordinary and stunning journey tracing the footsteps of early Homo sapiens leaving Africa, reaching the easternmost end of the Eurasian continent and developing a unique culture.

Director Details

Toru Suetsugu

Secondary School (12-16 years)
  • Categories Natural Science, Life Science & Technology

  • Produced by NHK in co-production with PTS, CuriosityStream, Autentic, S4C and France Télévisions
  • Running Time 51:00 minutes
  • Country France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan (region), United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Year 2018

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