History Science 52' 90'


Over the years, in the Tautavel cave, a unique site located in southern France, more than 150 human bones have been unearthed, including a 560,000-year-old child tooth found in 2018.


Thanks to these discoveries, we know for certainty that other human beings inhabited Europe long before Neanderthal. They had to cope with extreme weather conditions, adapting to changes in fauna and flora. They survived for thousands of years, without even mastering fire. So, what were their survival techniques? And how did they spread throughout Europe?


A team of international experts – including archaeologists, paleontologists, climatologists and doctors – will attempt to unravel the mystery of the Tautavels. At the end of a fascinating investigation across Europe, this film aims to transform the way we look at our most ancient ancestors, endowed with unsuspected cognitive abilities.

Direction: Emma Baus

Production: Tangerine Productions & Minimum Moderne for France Télévisions

Languages: French, English

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