David Attenborough's Rise Of Animals: Triumph Of The Vertebrates

Ep 1/2

Friday 20 September

9.00pm-10.00pm

BBC TWO

NEW
David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500-million-year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. He presents explosive new fossil evidence from a region he’s long dreamt of exploring – the frontier of modern paleontological research: China.

The evolution of animals with backbones is one of the greatest stories in natural history. Brand-new discoveries of fossils – ancient and living – combined with stunning CGI and cinematography enable David to tell this fascinating story and reveal that humans are the heirs to a magnificent evolutionary heritage.

In the first episode, From The Seas To The Skies, David Attenborough uses new fossil evidence to unlock nature’s most extraordinary story – the incredible ascent of the animal group that now dominates our planet: the vertebrates.

The origins of the vertebrates lie in primitive fish that once swam in ancient seas but remarkable advances allowed them to make the radical move onto land, and then take to the skies with the advent of flight. Brand-new discoveries of fossils – ancient and living – combined with stunning CGI and cinematography enable David to chart their unexpected journey out of the water to populate all corners of the globe.

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