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Decade of Discovery

Chris Packham chooses his top ten discoveries of extraordinary and weird new species from the last decade. Includes a rare pygmy sloth and a giant orchid.

A rare pygmy sloth that looks like a teddy bear and can swim, an insect as long as your arm and a fish from the deep with a face like a headlight. Just some of the extraordinary and weird new species chosen by presenter Chris Packham as his top ten discoveries of the last decade from around the world.

Also chosen are a giant orchid worth thousands, a walking shark and a small mammal related to an elephant with a nose to match, and two geckos which are evolving before our eyes. Equally extraordinary are the personal stories of how the new species were found, as told by the 21st century scientists and explorers who discovered them - the Indiana Joneses of the natural world. All these species are new to us and new to science, and proof that the Earth can still surprise us.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 17 Mar 2011 23:20

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Wim Mertens

    Often a Bird

  • Air

    Dark Messages

  • Penguin Cafe

    Music for a Found Harmonium

  • Canned Heat

    Going Up The Country

  • Lord Kitchener

    Dr Kitch

  • Juan García Esquivel

    Mini Skirt

  • Massive Attack

    Angel (feat. Horace Andy)

  • Steve Reich

    Electric Counterpoint (fast)

  • Kid Koala

    Skanky Panky

  • Max Richter

    Vladimir's Blues

  • John Adams

    Shaker Loops 3

  • Ernest Ranglin

    Ala Walee

  • Funk'n Lata



Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Producer Lucinda Axelsson
Executive Producer Fiona Pitcher


  • Tue 14 Dec 2010 20:00
  • Thu 17 Mar 2011 19:00
  • Thu 17 Mar 2011 23:20