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Becoming Human
Artist: Nova
UPC: 00841887011280
Studio: Public Broadcasting System
Genre: Television: PBS
Screen: Standard screen
    OUR PRICE: $23.10  
Product Type: Blu-Ray
Released: February 2010
Annotation: Examines how early hominids lived and how they evolved into today's human being.
Additional Information
Rating: NR
Runtime: 180 mins
Weight: 0.20 lbs
Info: Standard screen, Soundtrack English
Detailed Product Description: Video
In Print Date : 2010-02-09
Run Time : 10800
Recording Mode : (unknown)
Noise Reduction : (unknown)
Digital Process : (unknown)
Feature : (unknown)
In Print Date : 2010-02-09
Rating : Not Rated
Category : Television, Education/General Interest, Science/Technology, Television/TV Series
Original Release Year : 2010
Released By : PBS Video
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Synopsis: The award-winning documentary series takes a comprehensive look at the role of modern technology in understanding humankind's most ancient ancestors.
Release Note: Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

Gr 9 Up—A diverse team of scientists and cutting edge technology explore human evolution over the span of millions of years. Examining the physiology and behavior of primates and studying fossil records, the male and female scientists, representing a variety of fields, make conjectures about how different stages of human life might have appeared. The documentary features on-location footage, interviews with scientists, and computer-generated animation. The first episode presents the remains of a three-million-year-old child. Part two investigates "Turkana Boy," the fossil remains of Homo erectus, and the final segment explores modern humans. The audio and video quality is excellent. However, the film's length could be a deterrent to classroom viewing. Additional considerations include the documentary's frank discussion of pubic lice and the unnecessary inclusion of nude actors between many scenes (though shown in silhouette or in just the right position to avoid complete disclosure). Schools in communities where the topic of evolution is controversial should be forewarned that evolution is presented as a scientific fact in this program.—Ryan Henry, Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, KY

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