Thursday, 23 June 2011

Planet of the Apemen: Homo Erectus

The BBC's natural history output is beyond compare.  They usually do a good job when approaching science in general.  Every so often they do err a little, and so it was with the edu-tainment that constituted 'Planet of the Apemen':
  • In the not-too-distant past, humans shared this planet with other species of hominid. This series tells how, against all the odds, Homo sapiens survived.

    This episode is set 75,000 years ago in India, following a catastrophic super-volcanic eruption which forced a showdown between our ancestors and a completely different species of human, Homo erectus, who up until that point had reigned supreme.
The mix of drama and factual analysis is always going to sit uncomfortably together, but the factual content was sufficient to hold my attention.  Little nuggets of interest include the unearthing of fossilised ostrich eggs in Africa where appear to have been used as a water container by early Homo Sapien. 

Next time ADV criticises people who carry water bottles around the gym I might just mention this to him! (Joke).

Further information is available on this link "Why is there only one human species?"

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