Homo Erectus

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Duration: 1 hour

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.

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Geraldine James
Jotham Annan
Colin Swash
Executive Producer
Ailsa Orr
Executive Producer
Michael Mosley


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