NOVA: Becoming Human
Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors

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3 episodes in this series

Episode 1 First Steps
Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest…
Episode 2 Birth of Humanity
In "Birth of Humanity," the second part of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us-"Turkana Boy"-an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus…
Episode 3 Last Human Standing 
In "Last Human Standing," the final program of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA examines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread…

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First Steps
Episode 1 of NOVA: Becoming Human
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