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History Of Life: Extinction – An End and a New Beginning
Mass extinctions have shaped and reshaped the landscape of life on earth throughout its history. In this program we chronicle the history of mass extinctions and their effect on evolution.…
History Of Life: Mating – The Search for the Other Half
One of the most profound mysteries in the world, love between males and females, is explored. What was the evolutionary impetus which gave rise to love? Through an experiment involving…
History Of Life: Plants, Earth’s Quiet Rulers
Plants, the oldest form of life on earth hold many mysteries. While plants are often thought of as passive, we will see how many species have adopted aggressive strategies that…
History Of Life: The Landing
Life, which first inhabited the seas and then land, is an amazing story. Through investigation of ancient trailblazers such as Tiktaalik, we learn the gradual process by which lungs and…
History Of Life: The Story of the Feather
Feathers play an important role in evolution. Originally providing insulation they eventually led to flight. In The Story of the Feather we chronicle how the fossil discovery of the Chinese…

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History Of Life: Extinction – An End and a New Beginning
Part of the Series: History of Life
Mass extinctions have shaped and reshaped the landscape of life on earth throughout its history. In this program we chronicle the history of mass extinctions and their effect on evolution. We learn that these events not only destroy life, but also create the fertile ground from which life can take…
History Of Life: Mating – The Search for the Other Half
Part of the Series: History of Life
One of the most profound mysteries in the world, love between males and females, is explored. What was the evolutionary impetus which gave rise to love? Through an experiment involving the chlamydomonas, we recreate the fateful moment 25 billion years ago when genders first appeared.
History Of Life: Plants, Earth’s Quiet Rulers
Part of the Series: History of Life
Plants, the oldest form of life on earth hold many mysteries. While plants are often thought of as passive, we will see how many species have adopted aggressive strategies that have allowed for their survival. It is these "quiet rulers" of earth that are not only the foundation of the…
History Of Life: The Story of the Feather
Part of the Series: History of Life
Feathers play an important role in evolution. Originally providing insulation they eventually led to flight. In The Story of the Feather we chronicle how the fossil discovery of the Chinese reptilian wing, a four-winged dinosaur with primitive wings, has provided evidence that dinosaurs gradually evolved winged feathers, ultimately becoming the…
The Unnatural History of the Kakapo
Once thought extinct, the Kakapo are now the world's rarest and strangest wild parrot -- a flightless, nocturnal bird with an odd mating call. With a lifespan up to 120 years, the Kakapo were one of the most widespread birds on New Zealand until humans began a long process of…
History Of Life: The Landing
Part of the Series: History of Life
Life, which first inhabited the seas and then land, is an amazing story. Through investigation of ancient trailblazers such as Tiktaalik, we learn the gradual process by which lungs and legs evolved, and how the creatures of the seas eventually conquered the land. Reverse evolution, from land to sea, is…
It Ain't Easy Being Green - Iguana Population Growth in the Caribbean
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and…
Threatened: The Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter
WINNER, 5 EMMY AWARDS Southern Sea Otters are once again in peril, after having being brought back from the brink of extinction. Threatened investigates the history and potential causes for the otter's decline, as well as the controversy over how best to protect the otter population. An unprecedented number of…
Coral Sea Dreaming
Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken is a vivid, in depth exploration of one of the planet's great natural wonders - coral reefs - which harbor the greatest biodiversity of any ecosystem on earth. The story of coral reefs spans 500 million years and stars some of the most exotic and…
No Otter Zone
Sea Otters were once abundant from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula all the way to Baja California, Mexico. High demand for their fur coats led to intense hunting that reduced their numbers to near-extinction levels The otter population is now coming back, thanks to the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal…
Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands
For millennia, the bald eagle was an important avian predator in the Channel Islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 1960's the bald eagles disappeared entirely due to egg collecting, hunting, and extensive DDT contamination. In 1980 a young graduate student, Dave Garcelon, decided to…
Animate Earth
Featuring leading scientists, ecologists and authors, Animate Earth makes the case for a new holistic scientific revolution as an essential step towards solving the environmental crises created in large part by conventional science's mechanistic view of the earth. 400 years ago the scientific revolution initiated our disconnect from nature. Despite…