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Stress, Neanderthals and us

Did Neanderthals cope better with stress than modern humans? Watch our animated film to find out.

The stresses of daily life, from fending off hyenas to squeezing on the tube, may be more similar than you think for Britons today compared to one million years ago. Many people in Britain today carry about two per cent of Neanderthal genes in their DNA. Maybe it’s thanks to our early relatives that we can face the daily grind.

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.

See the film in HD on YouTube.

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 elongated hollows found on the beach have been confirmed as ancient human footprints of probably five individuals, from more than 800,000 years ago.

See the film in the exhibition and in HD on YouTube.

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.

See the film in the exhibition and in HD on YouTube.

  • Stress, Neanderthals and us

  • Making the models

  • Ancient human footprints

  • Tracing ancestry