How did your body become the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today? Anatomist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree.
The Genius of Charles Darwin is a three-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. It was first shown in August 2008 on Channel 4. It won Best TV Documentary Series 2008 at the British Broadcast Awards in January 2009.
Follow a single genetic trait throughout its evolutionary history, from prehistoric origins to current manifestations, in each episode of this History Channel series, which features eye-popping animation, gripping nature footage and lab research. Discover the millennia-long journey -- packed with adaptations, evolutions and, in some cases, extinction -- of such traits as eyes, guts, jaws, sex, skin, flight, communication, size and shape.
Documentary that explores the enduring prehistoric mystery behind the rise and fall of the Neanderthal -- one of the most successful hominids ever to walk the earth. Highly evolved creatures, Neanderthals used tools, created musical instruments and buried the dead with intimate ceremonies. A mix of animation, drama, prosthetics and special effects transports viewers back in time 43,000 years, charting everything from the Neanderthals' rise to their extinction. After 200,000 years, including two Ice Ages, Neanderthals died out suddenly, relinquishing their place to the Cro Magnon -- or so it was previously thought. The program presents the theory that Neanderthals may have interbred with Cro Magnon, long considered to be our ancestors.