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Searching for Lost Worlds

Searching for Lost Worlds is a Discovery Channel documentary series, telling some of great expeditions from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The series consists of five episodes, each of which features an explorer and his achievements among the five: Raymond Dart who discovered the missing link in human evolution in South Africa; Hiram Bingham who discovered Machu Picchu in Peru; Roy Chapman Andrews who spent several seasons from 1922 in the dangerous Gobi Desert in search of the origins of life on Earth; Arthur Evans who spent his life and most of his fortune, uncovering a lost civilisation in the Mediterranean; and Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

Episode 1 - Skull Wars - The Missing Link
Raymond Dart's discovery of the Taung child, and his subsequent declaration that humans evolved in Africa, brought opposition from every corner of the Western world in what can only be described as racially motivated thinking.

Episode 2 - Machu Picchu - Secrets of the Incan Empire
This episode chronicles the arduous, near-mystical journey of Hiram Bingham who was consumed by ambition and reveals the astonishing remains of a vanished culture, hidden beneath the encroaching jungle and beyond the mists of time.

Episode 3 - Dragon Hunters - Secrets of the Gobi Desert
Roy Chapman Andrews spent several seasons from 1922 in the dangerous Gobi Desert in search of the evidence that mammals had first developed on the continent of Asia. There he discovered a collection of fossil dinosaur eggs.

Episode 4 - Atlantis - Mystery of the Minoans
A hundred years ago Arthur Evans set out to find a lost civilisation in the Mediterranean - the forerunners of the Greeks. He spent his life and most of his fortune, uncovering a culture he termed the 'Minoans', the first true European civilisation.

Episode 5 - Tutankhamun - The Last Pharaoh
Deep in the Valley of the Kings, ancient Egyptian rulers lay buried beneath tons of rubble in tombs of astonishing complexity. The tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, was discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley in 1922.


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