PBS Program on Human Evolution to Feature Gill

Jacquelyn Gill, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, will appear in a new five-part PBS program on human evolution.

Gill will be featured in the premiere episode “Americas,” airing 9 p.m. June 24.

“First Peoples” is a global detective story that traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents. The program travels across the world to tell the story of our primitive ancestors by combining archaeology, genetics and anthropology.

A team of international scientists, including Gill, reveals evidence and discoveries that cast new light on 200,000 years of history and advance the scientific understanding of how humans came to be the modern beings we are today.

“First Peoples” airs at 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesdays June 24 and July 1, as well as 9 p.m. July 8.

More information, including a trailer for the show, is online.