First Peoples is a 5-part Science Show on PBS which is exploring the details of how our species, H. sapiens, became the “dominant species” on earth. I have high hopes for this, especially since there has been a revolution in our understanding of our own evolution based on DNA analysis in the last decade or so, and PBS does Science better than all the other channels put together.
Just a heads up for folks who, like me, are interested in this sort of thing. Tonight’s episode is about the peopling of the Americas (strange to do this first since it happened last) and episodes 3 and 5 should be especially interesting as they explores the peopling of Asia and Europe, respectively, and the interbreeding that took place with the extant, non-sapiens populations there.
I only watched the first hour (have the second on Tivo). Very disappointed. I got very tired of trying to understand the narrator through the blaring music. And many of the viewpoints were filled with logical inconsistencies, e.g. the “Dung Lady.”
I think Eva was buried alive, to prevent her from killing the entire tribe with her blow gun.
A bit uneven. I was willing to buy into the “kelp highway” theory, but it seems one Danish DNA scientist’s tests changed everything. So people’s brains get smaller as they move into bigger groups? Huh. I still don’t think that explains the difference between Eva and native americans. I know the Clovus issue is a crux of American Anthropology.
I have the second ep, “Africa”, and will certainly watch that.
What I thought of were the old Leonard Nimoy things (70s probably) on something like “In Search of Ancient Mysteries” or the like where the key words were along the lines of “Could it be…” and then some nonsense that had barely over zero chance of being even plausible. There were a bunch of those “speculation” shows asking “scientific” questions with no effort to present any solid cases. Just “what if” gasbagging.
I watched a little bit of it, but rolled my eyes and lost interest when the guy (with his [del] supplier[/del] modern-day shaman) started smoking crack (or whatever it was). It was already on the path, but that scene quickly led the program from science to cinema and led me to do something else while it played in the background.
Their story of the supposed land-bridge over the bearing strait brought-up a question for me. They said that, after crossing the land-bridge, the humans had to stop because of the vast expanse of ice over Canada. My question is… wasn’t this land-bridge also a vast expanse of ice? And, if they could cross that ice, why was the canadian ice such an obstacle?
Watched the first two eps last night. I agree with posters above that the ‘music’ was way too loud, but even when it wasn’t, the narrator was hard to understand.
Also felt that they were trying to cram 5 minutes of information into an hour of programming.
Not well done at all.