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The Secret of Walking Upright

45'
Evolutionary biologist Carsten Niemitz claims to have finally found the explanation for the crucial step that led up to the incarnation of man.

Evolutionary biologist Carsten Niemitz claims to have finally found the explanation for the crucial step that led up to the incarnation of man. His revolutionary thesis - our ancestors didn't come down from the trees in order to become bipedal, they went into the water and that's what forced them to stand upright. The documentary gives an intelligible explanation of his provocative theory along with intriguing examples. It also reveals surprising insights into our everyday lives.

His revolutionary thesis - our ancestors didn't come down from the trees in order to become bipedal, they went into the water and that's what forced them to stand upright. In doing so, he's challenging the accepted doctrine that walking upright originated in a dry savannah environment. Niemitz's theory has injected new life into the field of human origins research that has been literally ossified for decades. The documentary gives an intelligible explanation of his provocative theory along with intriguing examples. It also reveals surprising insights into our everyday lives. Why do we like to holiday at the seaside so much? Why are the prices for waterside properties so exorbitantly high, and why do a large number of people enjoy seafood so much? The documentary tells the story of an unusual quest in which, bit by bit, the individual clues are fitted together to form a convincing picture - Homo Sapiens is a "shore animal", with all its associated ramifications. Initially derided by the scientific community, Niemetz is now receiving recognition for his "shore theory".

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Original Title: Das Geheimnis des aufrechten Gangs
Year: 2011
Length: 45'
Resolution: HD
Film by: Ingo Knopf, Jo Siegler
Produced by: WDR

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