Search for Adam

Where did we all come from? Could we all be descendants of Adam? And if he existed, who was he, where did he live and what did he look like?

Join leading geneticist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, Spencer Wells, as he embarks on a quest to trace every man’s family tree back to an ultimate ancestor.

His extraordinary journey ultimately lands him in Africa where he pinpoints the birthplace of human kind. Using the latest technology in DNA research and forensic anthropology, Wells and others reconstruct the life and face of Adam.

His latest adventures have led him to discover that Thomas Jefferson’s ethnic background is not quite as one would expect. He has hunted down possible descendants of Solomon, the third king of Israel.

And, he has entered a world where science and religion converge—the search for what he calls the “scientific Adam,” the man who gave rise to all men today and the trunk of the human family tree. Wells has used DNA to trace this common ancestor back to Africa and perhaps to the very plains where he may have hunted.

He has even identified a living tribe with an ancient lineage that offers a window into the life of scientific Adam – and, the face of one of the tribe members served as a model to determine what he may have looked like.

Explore a world where science and religion converge as we shed new light on our ancient past in The Search for Adam.

Episode Length: 00:45:00

Year: 2005

Episode: 12

This documentary is available to watch for FREE on Planet Knowledge, a free to watch video on demand channel on Freeview HD (Channel 265), Youview, Samsung connected TV’s, selected smart tv’s, tablets and smartphones using Android or iOS.


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