Enigma Man a Stone Age Mystery

Synopsis: This is the story of two scientists who are confronted by their own discovery of mysterious ancient human remains that challenge everything we know about human evolution...
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Daniella Ortega
57 min

For Paul, this was the handy work

of a sophisticated modern human,

but for Darren and Ji,

the anatomy of the bones

told a different story.

When we started to look

at the remains in detail,

it actually became very unsettling

because they're just so unusual.

In many ways they just look so primitive.

The shape of the eyebrow

bone is really unusual,

very prominent and the brain

case itself is really low

and very rounded.

These look like they should be one or two

or maybe even 300,000 years old.

The enigmatic features of the Red Deer Cave

fossils post puzzling

questions about human origins

in this part of the world.

To date much of the focus

on human evolution

has been a long way from Maludong,

across the world in Africa

considered to be the birth place

of our direct ancestors and

the cradle of all humanity.

So the first few million

years of our evolution

were in Africa with this ape

like two footed creatures

and they gave rise to Homo erectus.

Homo erectus is the first

human like creature

to leave Africa.

It settled Europe and East

Asia and survived in Asia

until about half a million years ago.

And we up here in the

record, the fossil record

about 200,000 years ago

modern humans or Homo sapiens

and the subset of us left

Africa about 80,000 years ago,

settled the rest of the planet

and gave rise to all living people.

The out of Africa story remains

the predominant theory for the

origin of all human species.

Well, it's overwhelmingly

an African European story.

I think it's fair to say

that there's been a bias

in our work for almost 100

years where most of the work

has been done in Africa and

Europe or most of the evidence

has come from those places.

As our ancestors colonize the globe,

they entered unknown territories.

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