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  • 2023
  • 1 Season

Early Humans: Ice, Stone, and Survival is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on December 21, 2023.

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Seasons
Was Agriculture a Revolution or an Accident?
20. Was Agriculture a Revolution or an Accident?
December 21, 2023
Although agriculture was historically framed as a
Secrets of Cave Art, Ceramics, and Cattle
19. Secrets of Cave Art, Ceramics, and Cattle
December 21, 2023
Explore the recent scientific discoveries that have revealed more nuanced lifeways about the last Ice Age than were previously known. Learn why the narrative about life in North Africa has also shifted. Learn about the ritual practice of dental evulsion that seems to reveal population and cultural exchanges between North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, the Levant, throughout this period.
The Hunter-Gatherers Begin to Settle Down
18. The Hunter-Gatherers Begin to Settle Down
December 21, 2023
As the world began to warm and vegetation changed, people turned to new dietary options instead of having to follow large migratory herds across the landscape. Discover the scientific methods used to reveal exactly what our ancestors ate during this period.
Brewing Beer and Baking Bread in the Levant
17. Brewing Beer and Baking Bread in the Levant
December 21, 2023
About 15,000 years ago, people began to settle down and adopt certain aspects of sedentary agricultural lifestyles in the eastern Mediterranean region. Explore the exciting discoveries of this time period, including the purposeful brewing of beer and the domestication of dogs.
Living Dangerously as the Last Ice Age Ended
16. Living Dangerously as the Last Ice Age Ended
December 21, 2023
Explore the world of 15,000 years ago as the last ice age ended, and the vast ice sheets began to melt. Discover the scientific advances that have allowed us to describe that world in detail, a world with H. sapiens living on every continent except Antarctica. How did those people
Early Technology: Axes, Harpoons, and Hooks
14. Early Technology: Axes, Harpoons, and Hooks
December 21, 2023
Changes in tool form and function are among the foremost markers of the arrival of the modern mind. Explore the materials used and the many new tool forms that appeared tens of thousands of years ago. From fishing hooks to sewing needles, evidence shows an explosion of new technologies developed by our ancestors well before the appearance of agriculture.
Why There
13. Why There
December 21, 2023
While our ancestors did utilize caves in some capacity
Feast or Famine? The Paleolithic Diet
12. Feast or Famine? The Paleolithic Diet
December 21, 2023
Explore the varied human diet that existed even before the domestication of plants and animals. Learn about the research tools
Death and Burial in the Prehistoric World
11. Death and Burial in the Prehistoric World
December 21, 2023
When did people first start to bury their dead and grapple with the meaning of death? Explore the many varied burial practices of our ancestors and how those practices reveal their social structures and relationships with their environment. Was H. sapiens the only species to use ritual burials long ago, or did the Neanderthals also develop this practice?
Ancient Jewelry as Extensions of the Mind
10. Ancient Jewelry as Extensions of the Mind
December 21, 2023
We might not like to think about body lice as a source of information about our history, but it is genetic evidence from this insect that points to humans wearing clothes as early as 170,000 years ago. Discover what we can learn about our early cognition by exploring the ways we adorned ourselves, from clothing to jewelry to tattoos.
Handprints in Time: Early Art and Objects
9. Handprints in Time: Early Art and Objects
December 21, 2023
Consider the earliest evidence for human modification of physical material for aesthetic purposes: art. What can we learn from the fact that artwork surfaced everywhere early humans were found, not just in one region? From cave paintings to rock art and figurines to human-made pigments, who were the people who created these artifacts and what were they wanting to accomplish?
The Origins of Language and Music
8. The Origins of Language and Music
December 21, 2023
Learn about the combination of fossil and DNA evidence that have helped us understand when and how human language evolved. But what about the full range of human communications
Sailing to Australia 60,000-Plus Years Ago
7. Sailing to Australia 60,000-Plus Years Ago
December 21, 2023
How were Homo sapiens able to get to Australia 60,000-plus years ago without a land bridge to travel? Discover the evidence that exists for their travel by water and the scientific methods used to date the earliest H. sapiens discovered in Australia. To what extent were the First Australians responsible for the extinction of the continent
Did the Neanderthals Really Go Extinct?
6. Did the Neanderthals Really Go Extinct?
December 21, 2023
Explore the culture-rich lives of the Neanderthals, who existed for more than 300,000 years across a vast geographic space
X-Woman! Meet Our Ancient Relatives
5. X-Woman! Meet Our Ancient Relatives
December 21, 2023
Discover the complexity of early human history by meeting
How
4. How
December 21, 2023
How did H. sapiens adapt to new environments by changing our diet and using technology as we spread across the Old World? Learn how the study of prehistory through molecular genetics has both transformed and confounded our understanding of the human fossil record.
Bio-Cultural Adaptation and
3. Bio-Cultural Adaptation and
December 21, 2023
Meet Homo erectus, the first of our genus to walk completely upright. Being one of the longest-lasting hominin species
Stones and Bones: The First Fossil Families
2. Stones and Bones: The First Fossil Families
December 21, 2023
Meet Homo habilis, the earliest known species of our genus. Discovered in 1960, at that time it was the first species known to have used tools. We have since discovered tool use in many animal species. But what does distinguish H. habilis from all previously evolved organisms? It
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
1. What Does It Mean to Be Human?
December 21, 2023
Discover when humans developed and consider the questions we need to ask to explore early life. In setting the framework for our species
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Where to Watch Early Humans: Ice, Stone, and Survival
Early Humans: Ice, Stone, and Survival is available for streaming on the The Great Courses website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Early Humans: Ice, Stone, and Survival on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    December 21, 2023