Finalist in Best Human & Social Sciences Program
Clearwater Documentary Inc. for Smithsonian Channel
Millions of years ago, before we were hunters, we were hunted, preyed upon by stronger, faster animals. So how did we survive the harsh environment of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and evolve to dominate our world? Evolutionary biologists believe it has less to do with our brains than with our feet, legs, sweat glands and hairless skin. Join us as we circle the globe and explore how two-and-a-half million years of evolution made us a super-specialized species, able to run greater distance, for longer periods, than anything else in nature. Explore the miracle of running through the science of human evolution. From the highlands of Ethiopia, to the most remote place in Arctic Siberia, to a grueling ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies, "The Perfect Runner" weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and leaves the viewer with a new and inspiring understanding of our common evolutionary inheritance as the “running ape”.
English, 49 minutes