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Paleoartist Viktor DeakFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Becoming Human — A NOVA Special

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? Could jogging, lengthy childhoods and the weather really be some of the secrets to our survival? In what ways are we still evolving?


“Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors,” a NOVA three-part special, is the first in-depth televised investigation documenting an explosion of recent discoveries in human evolution. The series examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives — putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors. The series airs Tuesdays, November 3-17 from 7-8:00 p.m. on WTVP.


Shot “in the trenches" throughout Africa and Europe, each hour unfolds with a “CSI”-like forensic investigation and features interviews with renowned scientists. Each hominid and Ice Age landscape in the series is brought to life by a team of top movie animators, actors, paleontologists and a paleoartist. New lab techniques, computer-generated Actor portraying a human ancestor animation, prosthetics and reenactments combine to create the most realistic picture at present of our earliest ancestors as well as the tools they used and the environment they lived in.


Becoming Human offers a vivid picture of human evolution that highlights the latest groundbreaking discoveries and, more importantly, explains how each new finding fits together with earlier ones to reveal a truly compelling story of survival.




For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org







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