Anthropology


Testosterone / Dr. Jane Goodall—Catalyst 29 min.

Testosterone has long been considered the hormone that makes men masculine. But is this common perception selling the hormone short? Meet Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, world-renowned primatologist, humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

VR Archaeology / CubeSats—Catalyst 28 min.

The Plain of Jars is one of South East Asia’s biggest archaeological enigmas. Who carved these giant megalithic stone jars, and what they were used for, has remained a mystery for centuries. Now a crack team of archaeological sleuths is using drone technology and virtual tools to reveal their secrets. Space has always been the playground of very big players with very deep pockets—but not anymore....

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Artificial Sweeteners and Antarctic Fossils—Catalyst 30 min.

Artificial sweeteners offer us a delicious choice: the sweetness we love without the calories or the consequences. Do even the quickest online search and you’re hit with masses of conflicting information. Proponents say they are safe, they can help you lose weight and prevent diseases like diabetes. Critics say that they may cause a variety of health problems. GP and guest reporter, Dr Zeeshan Ara...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Out of Africa—Catalyst 30 min.

What can modern medicine learn from the people with the most diverse DNA on the planet? Only by working with the San desert communities in southern Africa can geneticists trace the deepest roots of the human family tree. In a world first, Professor Vanessa Hayes is searching for the origins of modern society— the DNA evidence of when hunter-gatherers became farmers. Mark Horstman joins her on a un...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

First Peoples 300 min.

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

First Peoples: Africa 55 min.

Around 200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th-century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species. The theory is that our an...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

First Peoples: Americas 55 min.

As early humans spread out across the world, their toughest challenge was colonizing the Americas — because a huge ice sheet blocked the route. It has long been thought that the pioneers, known as Clovis people, arrived about 13,000 years ago, but an underwater discovery in Mexico suggests people arrived earlier than previously thought — and by boat, not on foot. How closely related were these Fir...

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First Peoples: Asia 55 min.

What happened when early humans ventured out of Africa and into Asia? Where did they go and whom did they meet along the way? The latest evidence suggests they left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with other types of ancient human - Homo erectus, Neanderthals and also the Denisovans, whose existence was established only five years ago when geneticists extracted DNA from a tiny fr...

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First Peoples: Australia 55 min.

When Homo sapiens arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between the First Australians and modern-day Aborigines. The ancient and modern story intersect here as nowhere else in the world. The secret to this continuity is diversity. Int...

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First Peoples: Europe 55 min.

When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed — and both created artifacts of similar complexity. But as more and more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, the balance of power shifted. Neanderthals were overwhelmed. Ever since, we’ve had Europe and the rest of the world to ourselves.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015