Discover how scientists are unlocking the mystery of our remarkable resilience: the “evolution of adaptability” in homo sapiens. Anthropologist and host Niobe Thompson confronts new climate research that shows our ancestors emerged in Africa just as global conditions went haywire, with volatility unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Learn how our species faced near extinction, and then found a place to rebuild on Africa’s coasts. Explore the birth of language and art at archeological excavations scientists are now calling “the cradle of the human mind”. And marvel at the evidence our earliest modern ancestors were expert breath-hold divers, harvesting beneath the waves on South Africa’s Cape Coast, just as the Badjoa of the southern Philippines continue to do today.