Dawn of Humanity

Dawn of Humanity joins a group of paleoanthropologists as they excavate human-like fossils from a cave in South Africa. These ancient fossils are thought to be from one of our ape ancestors and studied throughout by scientists.

Together with this specially produced documentary by NOVA and National Geographic, we’ll gain exclusive access to these astounding discoveries.

Deep in a South African cave, a special team of experts has brought to light an unprecedented wealth of fossils belonging to a crucial gap in the record of our origins that spans the transition between the ape-like australopithecines (such as the famous Lucy) and the earliest members of the human family.

At the center of the discovery is paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, a character brimming with enthusiasm and opinions, whose claims have stirred long controversy in the contentious field of human origins.

Join in, as Dawn of Humanity sets out to solve the two million year-old “crime scene” and dig into the new clues about our human ancestry.

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Dawn of Humanity
  • Info
  • Release dateSeptember 16, 2015
  • Full runtime1 hour 53 minutes
  • From the seriesNova: season 42 episode 3
  • DirectorGraham Townsley
  • Produced forPBS, National Geographic, NOVA