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Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, this program shows how Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution and explores its ramifications in today's scientific community. Renowned natural history interpreter David Attenborough travels the globe, examining fresh evidence for Darwinian thought and illustrating why it is more relevant than ever. Viewers encounter findings from a wide range of disciplines, including paleontology, biogeography, anatomy, and embryology, as well as early controversies surrounding the study of plate tectonics. Spectacular wildlife footage reveals fascinating animal behavior and helps depict the theory that changed the world's thinking.
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52 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 09, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Richard Attenborough on Diversity on the Planet (4:42)
  • Charles Darwin: His Voyage on the "Beagle" (4:49)
  • Theory of Natural Selection (3:59)
  • Domestication and Selective Breeding (3:01)
  • Publication of "On the Origin of the Species" (3:35)
  • Darwin: Species Interconnectedness (4:14)
  • Discovery of Intermediary Species (3:16)
  • Pre-Cambrian Fossil Evidence (3:03)
  • Age of the Earth (3:22)
  • Deity vs. Evolution (2:56)
  • Modern Genetics and Darwin's Theory (3:58)
  • Evolution of Life (4:05)
  • End of the Dinosaurs (3:21)
  • Celebrating Darwinian Thought (2:36)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2009.
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40443 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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