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Spear hunting jaguars ; Evolution of man

Identifier: Film Collection no. 72

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Spear Hunting Jaguars. This first segment consists of a 25-minute documentary on the exploits of Sasha Siemel, who recounts his experiences about killing 300 jaguars with various weapons in the Mato Grosso area of Brazil. Some excerpts from the motion picture Tigrero, based on a book written by Siemel, are broadcast on this program. A discussion of Sasha Siemel's career also took place on another broadcast in this series, aired Aug. 16, 1953. SEGMENT 2: Evolution of Man. Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, addresses the subject of man's origin with science reporter Robert Northshield, and concentrates on the relationships between apes and men. Included is a remote broadcast from the Bronx Zoo (i.e. New York Zoological Park) with shots of the great apes. Dr. McClung, curator of mammals at the zoo, is interviewed.


  • 1954


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1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired May 23, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Perry Wolff and Mel Ferber, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon and Peter Tompkins (Sasha Siemel segment), script editors; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

Spear hunting jaguars ; Evolution of man, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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