Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Episode 02 - Some of the Things that Molecules Do. The episode covers several facets of the origin of life and evolution. Tyson describes both artificial selection via selective breeding, using the example of humankind's domestication of wolves into dogs, and natural selection that created species like polar bears. Tyson uses the Ship of the Imagination to show how DNA, genes, and mutation work, and how these led to the diversity of species as represented by the Tree of life, including how complex organs such as the eye came about as a common element.

Tyson describes extinction of species and the five great extinction events that wiped out numerous species on Earth, while some species, such as the tardigrade, were able to survive and continue life. Tyson speculates on the possibility of life on other planets, such as Saturn's moon, Titan, as well as how abiogenesis may have originated life on Earth. The episode concludes with an animation from the original Cosmos showing the evolution of life from a single cell to humankind today. (from

Episode 02 - Some of the Things that Molecules Do

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Episode 01 - Standing Up in the Milky Way
Episode 02 - Some of the Things that Molecules Do
Episode 03 - When Knowledge Conquered Fear
Episode 04 - A Sky Full of Ghosts
Episode 05 - Hiding in the Light
Episode 06 - Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still
Episode 07 - The Clean Room
Episode 08 - Sisters of the Sun
Episode 09 - The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
Episode 10 - The Electric Boy
Episode 11- The Immortals
Episode 12 - The World Set Free
Episode 13 - Unafraid of the Dark