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Ancient Mysteries: The Cavemen DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 1997

Stupid, stooped and brutal, the Neanderthals were long regarded as an evolutionary dead-end on the road to humanity, but that assumption is now being challenged.



More than 70,000 years ago, a clan of cave dwellers roamed the cliffs of Le Conte in Southwestern France. They were Neanderthals, distant cousins to modern man.

Long synonymous with stupidity and animal savagery, the Neanderthals were thought to have died out 30,000 years ago. But new findings are challenging almost everything we know about them. Explore the fate of this misunderstood race. Visit the dark caves that were their homes and meet the scholars, including renowned Harvard anthropologist Ofer Bar-Yosef, who are unraveling the secrets of their lives from the clues found there. Learn what their lives were really like, and discover tantalizing new evidence about their fate. Is it possible they did not, in fact, lose an evolutionary race with Homo Sapiens?

From the caves of France to high-tech DNA laboratories, this is an exciting examination of the Neanderthals who, despite new and enticing clues, remain a people of mystery.

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