How Did We Get Here?

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Episode 3 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

The question of our human origins is one of the most controversial science has wrestled with. This is the story of how scientists came to explain the beauty and diversity of life on earth, and reveal how its evolution is connected to the long and violent history of our planet. Featuring ocean adventurers, eccentric French aristocrats, mountain climbers, a secret Victorian publisher with 12 fingers, a ridiculed German meteorologist, and only a brief hint of Charles Darwin.

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    How do you find out how old the earth is by using several metal balls, a pocket watch and an extremely hot furnace?

    How do you find out how old the earth is?
  • Michael Mosley captures a lizard as he follows in Hans Sloane's footsteps in Jamaica

    Michael Mosley captures a lizard as he follows in Hans Sloane's footsteps in Jamaica

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Presenter
Michael Mosley
Director
Peter Oxley
Producer
Peter Oxley
Producer
Aidan Laverty

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