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Coming Into America [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
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At one time, experts agreed that the first Americans walked across the Bering land bridge from Asia approximately 12,000 years ago, eventually colonizing all of North and South America. But exciting recent finds on both continents have triggered entirely new theories. In Coming to America, a part of the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, host Alan Alda heads back to the past by exploring ancient finds alongside archeologists, like the Arlington Springs Woman - the oldest securely dated human remains - and the Clovis People, who were believed to have lived more than 13,000 years ago. The program explores newly surfaced questions, like were the first Americans actually from Europe? And, by what means did they arrive? There is no lack of intrigue, as the program presents a provoking selection of theories on who believes what...and why.
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60 min.
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9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Scientific American frontiers (Television program)
PBS Scientific American Frontier series
  • Introduction to Coming into America (0:52)
  • Sponsors & Credits: Coming into America (0:40)
  • Arlington Springs Woman Discovered (2:47)
  • Dating Bones (2:32)
  • Channel Islands Inhabitants (1:34)
  • Rewriting the History of the First Americans (2:46)
  • Clovis Point (3:02)
  • Recreating the Clovis Point (4:36)
  • Gault - Hunter Gatherers (4:28)
  • How Far Did Clovis Range? (1:00)
  • Topper Site (3:11)
  • Topper Chopper (2:41)
  • Mammoth Bones (3:04)
  • Negative Cone of Percussion (3:04)
  • Broken Mammoth - Beringia (3:24)
  • Paleolithic Europeans (3:10)
  • Solutrean Clovis Parallels (1:01)
  • Cactus Hill Site (1:59)
  • Umiak Boat (2:59)
  • Umiak Maiden Voyage (2:18)
  • Canadian Ice Sheets (2:20)
  • We Are All Related (2:01)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2004.
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44060 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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