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DNA Mysteries [electronic resource]: The Search for Adam

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Could we all be descendants of an Adam-like ancestor? And if he existed, who was he, where did he live, and what did he look like? This program uses sophisticated DNA testing methods to, in effect, trace humanity's family tree. Guided by renowned geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells, viewers learn about the primary tool that propels this quest for a common ancestor-the Y chromosome, which is transmitted through family lines from father to son. Focusing on Africa, the program posits the existence of a patriarchal figure who lived around 60,000 years ago and whose chromosomal characteristics may be shared, at least in part, by every man alive today. Intriguing conclusions about famous historical figures are also featured.
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52 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 15, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Search for Adam
  • Who Is Adam? (2:33)
  • Genetic Time Machine (3:09)
  • Descendants of Genghis Khan (3:18)
  • Significance of Y Chromosome Mutation (3:10)
  • Family Tree of Adam (1:47)
  • Search for Bible Genealogy Link (2:56)
  • Is Creation Beyond Science? (1:07)
  • The Genographic Project (2:03)
  • Thomas Jefferson: DNA Revelations (2:43)
  • Tracing Human Fossils (2:47)
  • DNA Analysis: Pate Island, Kenya (2:53)
  • "Scientific Adam" Revealed (2:58)
  • Who Was Scientific "Adam" (1:24)
  • Creating a Portrait of "Adam" (2:43)
  • A Face for Scientific "Adam" (2:52)
  • First Truly Modern Man (3:30)
  • Intelligence of Early Man (2:29)
  • New Face for Adam (1:59)
  • What Set Adam Apart? (1:37)
  • Scientific "Adam" Unites Mankind (1:50)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2005.
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40751 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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