How Man Tamed the Wild: Animal domestication was a major prerequisite for human civilization to evolve. But how did such an important and dramatic shift from wild to tame happen? In the past few years, science has begun to reveal the genetic code that made it all possible. DNA and archaeological evidence are now painting a very different picture of human / animal history. Pinpointing the exact gene is the next step in discovering what makes one animal afraid and another curious. It may even suggest that some great apes, and perhaps even humans, are actually self-domesticated. This episode of National Geographic’s Explorer series was produced and directed by Anna Fitch of Winton/duPont Films.