Exhibition films

Unravel more of the human story in our films accompanying the exhibition.

Look out for more films over the coming weeks.

Making the models

Meet twin Dutch artists Alfons and Adrie Kennis at work in their studio in the Netherlands. Watch them creating our specially commissioned models of a Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal. These life-size reconstructions are now centre stage in the exhibition.

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Ancient human footprints

Follow a team of scientists working on an archaeological site in Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast as they make a remarkable discovery of the oldest human footprints from Europe.

The extraordinarily rare find of what looked like elongated hollows left in compacted silt on the beach has been confirmed as ancient human footprints of probably five individuals, from more than 800,000 years ago.

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Tracing ancestry

Find out what six well-known figures discover about their genetic ancestry.

After having their DNA analysed, Bill Bailey, Clive Anderson, Alice Roberts, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Sian Williams and Kevin Fong discuss what the results reveal about their genetic origins.

Scientists like human origins expert Prof Chris Stringer examine the evolutionary history recorded within our DNA to uncover the global human story in greater detail.

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