THE BIRTH OF PREHISTORY
A film by Sophie Cattoire
Part 1 : 64 minutes
Part 2 : 73 minutes
At the time of Napoleon, the arrival of Cro-Magnon was a veritable bombshell that
considerably shook up our Creation myths. Our long rejected ancestor unashamedly
thrust open the doors of Evolution, repositioning man in the great adventure of
life on Earth and knocking him off the pedestal where he had pretentiously put himself.
The Birth of Prehistory in the middle of the 19th century triggered off
a major paradigm shift that it is high time we assimilated: man is a mammal, a primate,
a biped, totally dependent on his environment, not a superior being created in God’s
image, reigning supreme over all things, with absolutely no regard for the vegetal
and animal world that are there to satisfy his every whim. This must be fully understood
for us to have a hope of surviving.
In the footsteps of the 19th century pioneers: Jacques Boucher de Perthes,
Henry Christy and Édouard Lartet, guided by our present-day prehistorians: Marylène
Patou-Mathis, Jean-Jacques Hublin, François Bon, Jean-Luc Locht, Jean Clottes, Yves
Coppens, Bruno Maureille and Jean-Pierre Chadelle, we invite you to relive the tumultuous
birth of Prehistory, the start of a revolution which is still in progress and more
salutary than ever.