Access to this video is a benefit for WQED members.

Member Sign In

Learn More


When humans arrived in Australia, they were, for the first time, truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between early Australians and modern-day Aborigines; here the ancient and modern story intersect as nowhere else.

More Episodes

Passport Icon


Find out why Neanderthals, with whom early humans in Europe interbred, went extinct.

Passport Icon


Discover a type of ancient human whose genes helped us face down extinction.

Passport Icon


Examine research that suggests we humans are patchwork species of hybrids.

Other Shows You May Enjoy