The Human Family Tree

The Human Family Tree

DVD - 2009
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"Join geneticist Spencer Wells and a team from National Geographic's Genographic Project as they trace the human journey through time, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world. Cutting edge science, coupled with a cast of New Yorkers -- each with their own unique genetic history -- helps paint a picture of these amazing journeys. The human family tree answers some of humanity's most burning questions -- who we are and where we come from -- and forces us to change how we think not only about our relationships with our neighbors, but ourselves"--Container.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Geographic ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the U.S.A. and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2009.
ISBN: 9781426295584
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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1aa
Feb 03, 2018

I found it to be rather repetitive, but the graphical displays of when and where the early migrations occurred and the formation of haplogroups was most interesting but very quickly (too quickly) shown and not expounded upon.

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GeoffHallett
Sep 20, 2014

I waited a long time to get this DVD and when it arrived it was disappointing though I am glad I have watched it. There was too much present day human interest and not enough scientific information.

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lilred90
May 08, 2014

very interesting an all well fantastic, would recommend to anyone who likes documentaries or are interested in human origin, be careful though you can get confused if you don't pay attention haha.

aaa5756 Feb 23, 2014

The National Geographic Channel has done it again very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

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nparrish
Feb 18, 2014

Great video. The only thing i don't like is that they insist humans only traveled out of necessity; famine, climate change, etc. But i think it's clear all lifeforms, especially humans, are programmed to explore & investigate even when times are good...Surely this was a big contributor to our travel (?)

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akirakato
Aug 15, 2012

It is really amazing to know that we all are descended from the same family in Africa.
During the last two hundred thousands of years, our ancestors traveled from Africa toward the east and have reached the southern tip of the South America.
Although the migration from Africa to America is true, however, the researchers are preoccupied with the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska.
I don't think that all the Americans used the land bridge.
In 1947 Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl used a raft called "Kontiki" and sailed across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
For the same token, there is a ocean current that flows from Asia to America along the equator.
So some of our ancestors might have sailed from South East Asia to South America on the "Ocean Highway."

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LuvToLearn
Jun 20, 2012

Some of the facts presented here are not accurate and the subject matter is dumbed down. If interested in this subject, try watching "The Incredible Human Journey" which is, in my opinion, more in-depth, more entertaining and more informative.

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bstudent
May 01, 2012

documentary - they take several samples randomly in NY and trace these back to Africa (in groups based on markers in their dna) and briefly describe how these traveled and why. the results were interesting.

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aaa5756 Feb 23, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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