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


Learn how Homo sapiens, new in Australia and truly alone, managed to survive and flourish.


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


Learn why a discovery in Mexico may rewrite the story of early migration to the Americas.

About First Peoples

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

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