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100 Greatest Discoveries

What are the most important scientific discoveries of all time? The answer might include Copernicus's idea that the sun is at the center of the solar system, Newton's laws of motion, Mendeleev's periodic table of elements, Einstein's theory of relativity and Darwin's theory of evolution. There are numerous great scientific discoveries that have significantly influenced the way we think and live throughout history. 100 Greatest Discoveries recounts the 100 most important scientific discoveries of all time and explains them with historical re-creations, archival footage and interviews with scientists.

100 Greatest Discoveries - Evolution

This episode shows ten important discoveries related to evolution, including K-T asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction, Carl Linnaeus's development of a system for classifying species, and Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection. Here are the ten important discoveries:

1. K-T Asteroid Theory of Dinosaur Extinction (1980)
2. First Dinosaur Fossils Identified (1820s - 1840s)
3. Potential for Life Created (1953)
4. New Life-forms Discovered Around Hydrothermal Vents (1977)
5. The Burgess Shale (1909)
6. Classification of Species (1735)
7. Theory of Natural Selection (1858)
8. Australopithecus Afarensis or "Lucy" (1974)
9. Laetoli Footprints (1978)
10. Toumai skull (2002)


Go to 100 Greatest Discoveries Home or watch other episodes:

1. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Astronomy
2. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Biology
3. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Chemistry
4. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Earth Science
5. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Evolution
6. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Genetics
7. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Medicine
8. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Physics