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Becoming Human: Last Human Standing
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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The final program examines the fate of the Neanderthals, our European cousins who died out as modern humans spread from Africa into Europe during the Ice Age. Did modern humans interbreed with Neanderthals and/or exterminate them? The program explores crucial new evidence from the recent decoding of the Neanderthal genome, which until just a few years ago was thought to be an impossible technical feat.

As for Homo sapiens, we have planet Earth to ourselves today, but that's a very recent and unusual situation. For millions of years, as far back as science can take us, many different kinds of hominids co-existed and shared the globe simultaneously, and there was no guarantee that any of them would survive the many threats along the way.

Working Title: Human Origins



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Chicago: “NOVA; Becoming Human: Last Human Standing,” 10/27/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BD2B3D93BAF5400AB06EC7FCF885925D.
MLA: “NOVA; Becoming Human: Last Human Standing.” 10/27/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BD2B3D93BAF5400AB06EC7FCF885925D>.
APA: NOVA; Becoming Human: Last Human Standing. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BD2B3D93BAF5400AB06EC7FCF885925D
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