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Prehistoric Autopsy

Prehistoric Autopsy is a 2012 British television documentary film series shown in three one-hour episodes on BBC Two. The series is about human evolution and is narrated by biologist George McGavin and anatomist Alice Roberts. Graeme Thomson is the series producer and Jane Aldous is the executive producer.[1][2]

Prehistoric Autopsy
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Film cover
Genre Documentary film
Narrated by George McGavin
Alice Roberts
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes Three one-hour episodes
Production
Producer(s) Jane Aldous
(executive producer);
Graeme Thomson
(series producer)
Cinematography Vic Kusin
Phil Piotrowsky
Editor(s) Paul Conti
John Steventon
John Wilson
Running time 3 h (180 min)
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC
Release
Original network BBC
Original release Premiered nationwide on 22 October 2012

Contents

EpisodesEdit

No. Episode Original air date
1"Neanderthal22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)
Neanderthal hominids were a species of archaic humans in the genus Homo that dates possibly to 600,000 years ago, but more likely to 250,000 years ago, and went extinct about 40,000 years ago.[3][4][5][6] This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Neanderthals looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 70,000 year-old La Ferrassie 1.
2"Homo erectus23 October 2012 (2012-10-23)
Homo erectus hominids were a species of extinct humans in the genus Homo that dates to 1.9 million years ago and went extinct as recently as 35,000 years ago.[7] This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Homo erectus looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 1.6 million-year-old Nariokotome Boy.
3"Lucy24 October 2012 (2012-10-24)
Lucy is an example of Australopithecus afarensis, a hominin in the genus Australopithecus that dates to 3.9 million years ago and went extinct about 2.9 million years ago.[8] This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Australopithecus afarensis looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 3.2 million-year-old Lucy.

ParticipantsEdit

The documentary film series is narrated by George McGavin and Alice Roberts and includes the following participants (alphabetized by last name):

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff (22 October 2012). "Prehistoric Autopsy". BBC. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Staff (2017). "Prehistoric Autopsy". IMDB. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Dorey, Fran (30 October 2015). "Homo Neanderthalensis - The Neanderthals". Australian Museum. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Gibbons, John (11 August 2015). "Why Did Neanderthals Go Extinct?". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Rincon, Paul (13 September 2006). "Neanderthals' 'last rock refuge'". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Finlayson C, Pacheco FG, Rodríguez-Vidal J, et al. (October 2006). "Late survival of Neanderthals at the southernmost extreme of Europe". Nature. 443 (7113): 850–853. Bibcode:2006Natur.443..850F. doi:10.1038/nature05195. PMID 16971951. 
  7. ^ Staff (6 July 2011). "Scientists Show That Modern Humans Never Co-Existed With Homo Erectus". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Prins, Harald E. L; Walrath, Dana; McBride, Bunny (2007). Evolution And Prehistory: The Human Challenge, by William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride. ISBN 9780495381907. 

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