Terra X – The Enigma of Man

As the only living beings, we humans have succeeded in colonising the entire earth, developing language and writing and networking ourselves worldwide. What are our evolutionary roots and how do they still determine our behaviour today? For the first time, a TV team accompanies the award-winning photographer Jimmy Nelson on his adventurous expeditions to the last original tribes on earth. With play scenes, the films delve into the history of the evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. He realised that apes and humans have a common ancestor. What connects us with our closest relatives and what distinguishes us from them is explored by Leipzig developmental psychologists. They compare the behaviour of chimpanzees and children and discover the nature of humans in their capacity for empathy and cooperation. With fascinating experiments, psychologists reveal the mechanisms of mate choice and how love came into the world. Body language expert and “mind reader” Thorsten Havener unlocks the secrets of non-verbal communication.

Broadcast date:Teil I: am 15.08.15 um 16:30 Uhr auf ZDF neo und am 16.08.15 um 19:30 Uhr im ZDF / Teil II: am 22.08.15 um 16:30 Uhr im ZDF neo und am 23.08.15 um 19:30 Uhr auf ZDF
Length:2 x 43 Minuten
Written and directed by:Luise Wagner, Anne Siegele
Production:Ulrike Römhild
Line producer:Anke Meyer
Executive producer:Hartmut Klenke
Filming location:Deutschland, Namibia