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David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates

David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates is a two-hour BBC documentary presented by David Attenborough, giving an overview of the evolution of the vertebrates. David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500-million-year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. The evolution of animals with backbones is one of the greatest stories in natural history. Using stunning CGI and new fossil evidence from China, this film details the origins of the vertebrates and explains that remarkable advances allowed them to make the radical move onto land, and then take to the skies with the advent of flight. In the second half of the film, it reveals how mammals developed from tiny nocturnal forest dwellers to the dominant form of life on the planet following the death of the dinosaurs.

Episode 1 - From the Seas to the Skies
This episode details the origins of the vertebrates, which lie in the primitive fish that once swam in ancient seas. Remarkable advances allowed them to make the radical move onto land, and then take to the skies with the advent of flight.

Episode 2 - Dawn of the Mammals
This episode reveals how mammals developed from tiny nocturnal forest dwellers to the dominant form of life on the planet following the death of the dinosaurs. It explains how the meteoric rise of mammals led to an astounding diversity of life.


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