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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

David Attenborough's ode to Charles Darwin is a wonderfully compiled documentary, featuring some footage from his previous work, which illustrates how Darwin formulated his Theory of Natural Selection. Attenborough also gives an insight into his own admiration for the man and outlines how he, himself, was captivated by nature and fossils as a young boy growing up in Leicester (which of course ultimately led to him studying Geology in Cambridge). The documentary graphically visualises Darwin's Tree of Life and shows how modern technological and scientific advances in understanding have providing compelling evidence for his once highly controversial theory. A great hour in front of the telly and a must for any biology teacher!

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