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Human Beginnings

Australopithecus afarensis from the series Walking with Cavemen
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Just over three million years ago, an ape in Africa began to walk on two legs and took the first step on the long road to civilisation. Along the way, we discovered flint tools, fire and farming. But what is it that makes us truly human?

The evolution of man

The evolution of man

In 1974, one fossil changed our understanding of our past. Follow our three million year journey out of the treetops in Africa and around the world.

Cavemen facts

Cavemen facts

Could you tell a Neanderthal from a Gigantopithecus? How much do you know about your ancestors and their relatives?

The mystery of the human hobbit

On Horizon: The mystery of the human hobbit

Could the recently discovered Flores 'hobbit' really be a new species of human?

The day we learned to think

On Horizon: The day we learned to think

70,000 year old art hints at the very start of human intelligence.


On Horizon: Neanderthal

Their bodies were well equipped to cope with the Ice Age, so why did the Neanderthals die out when it ended?

Cavemen challenge

Caveman challenge

Are you a chimp or a champ? Put your skills to the test in our interactive challenge.

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