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The Incredible Human Journey - Asia


There are seven billion humans on earth, spread across the whole planet. Scientific evidence suggests that most of us can trace our origins to one tiny group of people who left Africa around 70,000 years ago. In this five-part series, Dr Alice Roberts follows the archaeological and genetic footprints of our ancient ancestors to find out how their journeys transformed our species into the humans we are today, and how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet. In this programme, the journey continues into Asia, the world's greatest land mass, in a quest to discover how early hunter-gatherers managed to survive in one of the most inhospitable places on earth - the Arctic region of Northern Siberia. Alice meets the nomadic Evenki people, whose lives are dictated by reindeer, both wild and domesticated, and discovers that the survival techniques of this very ancient people have been passed down through generations. Alice also explores what may have occurred during human migration to produce Chinese physical characteristics, and considers a controversial claim about Chinese evolution: that the Chinese do not share the same African ancestry as other peoples.

Broadcasts

  • 2009-05-17 21:30:00 - 2009-05-17 22:30:00 on BBC Two Wales Analogue, BBC Two England, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue,
  • 2009-05-28 01:40:00 - 2009-05-28 02:40:00 on BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Oxford, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One West, BBC One South West, BBC One South, BBC One London, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One East, BBC One North West,

Credits

  • Director Charles Colville
  • Presenter Dr Alice Roberts
  • Producer Paul Bradshaw
  • Executive Producer Kim Shillinglaw
  • Director Charles Colville
  • Presenter Dr Alice Roberts
  • Producer Paul Bradshaw
  • Executive Producer Kim Shillinglaw
  • Director Charles Colville
  • Presenter Dr Alice Roberts
  • Producer Paul Bradshaw
  • Executive Producer Kim Shillinglaw