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The Cambrian explosion

Duration: 03:15

Professor Brian Cox visits the Burgess Shale, a very important fossil field in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The fossils record the explosion of life that started about 540 million years ago during the Cambrian period. He explains a speculative theory that the evolution of creatures with eyes, such as trilobites, triggered the evolution of more complex forms of life.

Available since: Tue 31 May 2011

Credits

Series Producer
James Van Der Pool
Presenter
Brian Cox
Director
Chris Holt
Producer
Chris Holt
Executive Producer
Jonathan Renouf
Series Producer
James Van Der Pool
Presenter
Brian Cox
Director
Chris Holt
Producer
Chris Holt
Executive Producer
Jonathan Renouf

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Wonders of the Universe Messengers

4/4 Brian Cox shows how light holds the key to our understanding of the whole universe.

First broadcast: 27 Mar 2011

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