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Triumph of Life

Triumph of Life is a six-part PBS documentary series narrated by Liev Schreiber, telling the story of evolution of life on Earth. Life on this planet has fought a ceaseless battle for survival since it first appeared some four billion years ago. The series begins with a penetrating look at the process of evolution and the driving force behind it - genes. The second episode examines the evolution of sex, which allows a species to pass its genes along from generation to generation. The third episode deals with an evolutionary arms race between predators and prey. The fourth episode takes a close look at the alliances that animals have forged in a bid to stay alive. The fifth episode investigates the notion of "the survival of the smartest". And the sixth and final episode explores why some species survive while others become extinct.

Episode 1 - The Four Billion Year War
This episode takes an evolutionary look at life on Earth over four billion years - how both conflict and cooperation have helped shape the species that today populate our world.

Episode 2 - The Mating Game
This episode takes a passionate look at the evolution of sex, which allows a species to pass its genes along from generation to generation.

Episode 3 - The Eternal Arms Race
This episode deals with an evolutionary arms race between predators and prey; as predators became better hunters, their prey also evolved better defenses.

Episode 4 - Winning Teams
This episode takes a close look at the alliances that animals have forged - with others of their own kind and very different organisms - in a bid to stay alive.

Episode 5 - Brain Power
This episode investigates the notion of "the survival of the smartest" and explores when and why brains evolved and what kinds of problems they enable animals to solve.

Episode 6 - The Survivors
Why do some species survive while others become extinct? To explore this fascinating question, this episode considers a variety of contemporary wildlife.


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