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Secrets Of The Dead: Cavemen Cold Case

A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidrón, a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain, leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? In "Cavemen Cold Case," scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths. What happened here 49,000 years ago will take viewers on a much bigger journey — from El Sidrón to the other end of the Iberian Peninsula, where scientists are excavating beneath the seas off Gibraltar in search of Neanderthal sites.

El Sidrón cave in the remote, mountainous region of northern Spain.

El Sidrón cave in the remote, mountainous region of northern Spain.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

Ossuary gallery, the location where the Neanderthal bones were found, Spain.

Ossuary gallery, the location where the Neanderthal bones were found, Spain.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

Dig in Ossuary gallery, the location where the Neanderthal bones were found, Spain.

Dig in Ossuary gallery, the location where the Neanderthal bones were found, Spain.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

Exact location of the Neanderthals’ lower jaw.

Exact location of the Neanderthals’ lower jaw.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

A Neanderthals’ lower jaw.

A Neanderthals’ lower jaw.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

A Neanderthals’ skull.

A Neanderthals’ skull.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

Paleoanthropologist Antonio Rosas with a Neanderthal skeleton at his institute in Madrid, Spain.

Paleoanthropologist Antonio Rosas with a Neanderthal skeleton at his institute in Madrid, Spain.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

Anthropologist John Hawks in the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Paleo-Anthropology Exhibition.

Anthropologist John Hawks in the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Paleo-Anthropology Exhibition.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

First model of a Neanderthal based on genetic evidence.

First model of a Neanderthal based on genetic evidence.

Credit: Courtesy of © Terra Mater Factual Studios/Photographer Ruth Berry/Bernhard Popovic

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