Prehistoric Autopsy

9:00pm Wednesday 24 October on BBC TWO

In the final episode of Prehistoric Autopsy, the spotlight is on one of our most famous ancestors, Australopithecus Afarensis (Lucy), who lived over three million years ago.

Australopithecus Afarensis was an early ancestor who traded life in the trees for life on the ground. With only fragments of her skeleton, the team will undertake an ambitious reconstruction. The most challenging yet, the Prehistoric Autopsy team of model makers has spent over six months using the latest scientific research to build her from the bones up.

The result offers a unique insight into how she walked, what she ate and even how she gave birth. George finds out what the fossilised remains of the world’s oldest child reveals about how Lucy’s species moved and the origins of childhood. Alice learns how techniques borrowed from the aeronautical industry might cast light on when our early ancestors left the trees.

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9:00pm Tuesday 23 October on BBC TWO

Professor Alice Roberts, Dr George McGavin and a team of leading experts investigate the life and times of one of the earliest humans, Homo Erectus in episode two of Prehistoric Autopsy.

In America, George meets scientists who are unearthing details from deep beneath the seabed that reveal what our ancestors’ world was like, and he discovers new evidence that suggests Homo Erectus was far more advanced than previously thought. Meanwhile, Alice goes to a dig in Georgia to find out about something that may have given Homo Erectus an evolutionary edge. Viewers will find out how these creatures lived, how they looked and how they compare with us today. At the end of the programme, when the model is revealed, they will come face to face with one of our ancestors.

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9:00pm Monday 22 October on BBC TWO

In the first episode of Prehistoric Autopsy, Professor Alice Roberts, Dr George McGavin and a team of leading anatomists, anthropologists, archaeologists and SFX gurus will bring BBC Two viewers face to face with one of our closest human ancestors – a Neanderthal. Using the latest scientific research, the team will reconstruct one particular Neanderthal from the bones up.

Paleoartist Viktor Deak and a team of model makers will reconstruct an entire body and provide a unique insight into how Neanderthals looked, lived and how they compared to us today. Prehistoric Autopsy will explore how 21st-century technology is shining a light on one of the reasons why Neanderthals may have died out and we survived; how the bones of prehistoric animals are revealing clues about how successful Neanderthals were at hunting; and how archaeologists have been uncovering evidence of cannibalism in the species when it was on the verge of extinction.

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