Prehistoric Autopsy is a 2012 British television documentary film series shown in three one-hour episodes on BBC Two. The series is about human evolution and is narrated by biologist George McGavin and anatomist Alice Roberts. Graeme Thomson is the series producer and Jane Aldous is the executive producer.
|Directed by||Natalie Humphreys|
|Narrated by||George McGavin|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||Three one-hour episodes|
|Running time||3 h (180 min)|
|Original release||Premiered nationwide on 22 October 2012|
|No.||Episode||Original air date|
|1||"Neanderthal"||22 October 2012|
|Neanderthal hominids were a species of archaic humans in the genus Homo that dates possibly to 600,000 years ago, but more likely to 250,000 years ago, and went extinct about 40,000 years ago. This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Neanderthals looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 70,000 year-old La Ferrassie 1.|
|2||"Homo erectus"||23 October 2012|
|Homo erectus hominids were a species of extinct humans in the genus Homo that dates to 1.9 million years ago and went extinct as recently as 35,000 years ago. This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Homo erectus looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 1.6 million-year-old Nariokotome Boy.|
|3||"Lucy"||24 October 2012|
|Lucy is an example of Australopithecus afarensis, a hominin in the genus Australopithecus that dates to 3.9 million years ago and went extinct about 2.9 million years ago. This episode presents an attempt to reconstruct the way Australopithecus afarensis looked, based on available fossil evidence, especially those related to 3.2 million-year-old Lucy.|
- Zeresenay Alemseged (California Academy of Sciences)
- Anna Barney (University of Southampton)
- Barbara Boucher (Queen Mary University of London)
- Bruce Bradley (Exeter University)
- Rachel Carmody (evolutionary biologist)
- Paul Constantino (Marshall University)
- Robin Crompton (University of Liverpool)
- Viktor Deak (paleoartist)
- Marco de la Rasilla
- Peter de Menocal (Columbia University)
- Jez Harris
- John D. Hawks (University of Wisconsin)
- Donald Carl Johanson
- David Lordkipanidze (Georgian National Museum)
- Gabriele Macho (Powell-Cotton Museum)
- Sandra Martelli (University College London)
- George McGavin (narrator and biologist)
- Jerome Micheletta (University of Portsmouth)
- Alice Roberts (narrator and anatomist)
- Antonio Rosas Gonzalez
- Karen Rosenberg (University of Delaware)
- Danielle Schreve (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Michael Schultz (University of Göttingen)
- Colin Shaw (University of Cambridge)
- Scott Simpson (Case Western Reserve University)
- Anne Skinner (Williams College)
- Tanya Smith (Harvard University)
- Paul Tafforeau (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)
- Bridget Waller (University of Portsmouth)
- Carol Ward (University of Missouri)
- Peter Wheeler (Liverpool John Moores University)
- Joao Zilhao (University of Barcelona)
- Staff (22 October 2012). "Prehistoric Autopsy". BBC. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- Staff (2017). "Prehistoric Autopsy". IMDb. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Dorey, Fran (30 October 2015). "Homo Neanderthalensis - The Neanderthals". Australian Museum. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Gibbons, John (11 August 2015). "Why Did Neanderthals Go Extinct?". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- Rincon, Paul (13 September 2006). "Neanderthals' 'last rock refuge'". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
- Finlayson C, Pacheco FG, Rodríguez-Vidal J, et al. (October 2006). "Late survival of Neanderthals at the southernmost extreme of Europe". Nature. 443 (7113): 850–853. Bibcode:2006Natur.443..850F. doi:10.1038/nature05195. PMID 16971951.
- Staff (6 July 2011). "Scientists Show That Modern Humans Never Co-Existed With Homo Erectus". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Prins, Harald E. L; Walrath, Dana; McBride, Bunny (2007). Evolution And Prehistory: The Human Challenge, by William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride. ISBN 9780495381907.
- Prehistoric Autopsy at BBC Programmes
- Prehistoric Autopsy at DocuWiki.net
- Prehistoric Autopsy on IMDb
- Prehistoric Autopsy at Amazon.com
- Prehistoric Autopsy – video search on Dailymotion
- Prehistoric Autopsy – video search on YouTube
- Alice Roberts (anatomist) – Official website
- Human Timeline (Interactive) – Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History (August 2016)