Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

2009, Science  -   43 Comments
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Charles Darwin and the Tree of LifeCharles Darwin and the Tree of Life is a documentary about Charles Darwin and his revolutionary theory of evolution through natural selection, produced by the BBC to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth. David Attenborough asks three key questions: how and why did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ever before?

David starts his journey in Darwin's home at Down House in Kent, where Darwin worried and puzzled over the origins of life. David goes back to his roots in Leicestershire, where he hunted for fossils as a child, and where another schoolboy unearthed a significant find in the 1950s. And he revisits Cambridge University, where both he and Darwin studied, and where many years later the DNA double helix was discovered, providing the foundations for genetics.

At the end of his journey in the Natural History Museum in London, David concludes that Darwin's great insight revolutionized the way in which we see the world. We now understand why there are so many different species, and why they are distributed in the way they are. But above all, Darwin has shown us that we are not set apart from the natural world, and do not have dominion over it. We are subject to its laws and processes, as are all other animals on earth to which, indeed, we are related.

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6 months ago

its teaching the differences of life from big too small.

7 years ago

What are the relevants of this video to oir understanding on the biology of life? Please answer. Thank you.

Howard Minnick
7 years ago

What a complete waste of time and redundant misinformation. The theory of Evolution and the Natural Process of Selection with it's analogous comparisons of Natural verses Artificial selection can all be found in Patrick Matthew's 1831 book "On Naval Timber and Arboriculture." There is no evidence that Charles Darwin knew a damn thing about the propagation and development of apples by artificial selection yet that is what he opens Origins of the Species with 29 years later . Earlier papers written by Darwin about Pippen apples in the 1840's is proof positive that Darwin's claim to not know of Patrick Matthew or of "On Naval Timber and Arboriculture" till 1860 is a complete utter fabrication. Patrick Matthew had over 20 years experience in the raising and propagation of apples by means of artificial selection by the time he wrote ONT&A in the late 1820's. In fact it was about Pippen apples that Patrick Matthew is now known to have been the first ever to do analogies of artificial verses natural selection on... and ONT'& A's publication in early January of 1831...was the first ever publication of those analogies. May I also remind those reading this that the 1831 publication of Patrick Matthew's work took place almost an entire year before the Cherokee Class Brig HMS Beagle set sail from Portsmouth on it's Military Mission of topographically mapping both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines of South America as well as the Falklands and the Galapagos Islands. What is still today and was in 1860 a purposefully and intentionally obvious misdirection by Charles Darwin himself can no longer hold water with the newly uncovered evidence of

apparent about Darwin's rather dubious claim of not knowing about ONT&A is the fact that ONT&A was anything but an "obscure book" Darwin so pitifully portrayed and got away with for over 155 yearsit to be. ONT&A is in fact a very remarkable and highly professional Book

is a highly professional work on the selection as well as the management and propagation of

10 years ago

This is not an anti-religious video, even the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury agree with evolution and agree the bible is yet a guideline to life, so take your preaching to someone who cares....

10 years ago

This video just goes to show how deceived the eyes of men are, rather, how hard the hearts of men are to not want to believe in their Creator God, as the bible states, " The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt"...Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 14:1" The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God"...

11 years ago

i am believer in the written word of the bible, and not what it means as told, i have read for myself and have come to know the some of the Love of God thanks to it,
However, i believe that the same god, created everything we see, not in an instant of creation, but by allowing a reality to come about that life could live in eventually,
of course god and science should be seen as the same, we are trying to understand using science, God created all that we see and governed it not by might and fear mongering but by the laws he created.

if God did not wish us to know, why can we imagine

if God did not want us to test, why can we recall

if God wanted blind Faith, Eve couldnt have possibly eaten the apple in the first place

jonathan jackward
12 years ago

it is not a requirement to be a materialist, if you are a scientist or base your beliefs off of science.

12 years ago

Genesis 2:21-22, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. “

Lary Nine
12 years ago

As are you, sir.
Teach the controversy elsewhere.

over the edge
12 years ago

i will try to approach all of your comments. first the fossil record has some holes agreed but very few. fossils are vary rare the right conditions have to occur right after death or fossilization wont occur. most estimates are that much less than 1% ever become fossils and out of that very small number we have to find them. next we never evolved from apes evolution doesn't claim that. we share a common ancestor much different. i went to the Smithsonian web site and on their site alone i found seven pages of pics at sixteen per page. not only is that much more than the 14 total you claim but i would guess that the whole collection isn't on the web (only a guess on my part).then you bring up the hoaxes .yes there have been some but science discovered them and dismissed them. that shows the rigor of scientific testing more then pokes a hole in the theory. yes Darwin's theory is a theory (look up scientific definition of a theory) so is the theory of gravity only a theory are you also saying gravity isn't real. as for evolution itself that is a FACT . then you bring up DNA and RNA and you are right that Darwin had no tools available to see such things but isn't it amazing that the recent discoveries only add to the evidence for evolution. lastly Darwin's theory has nothing to do with a series of accidents it is random mutations through natural selection please don't misrepresent what he stated. now if you could please explain your ideas on origins of man and provide evidence

12 years ago

Uh, where's the beef? Darwin stated that evolution of species proceeded in numerous, slight successive steps. Thus, we should be able to produce unnumerable transitional fossils for each species. Instead the Smithsonian has a display of 14 supposedly transitions from ape to man many of which are known to be from extinct Chimps. Supposedly, billions of years of evolution and the best they can cull together after over 150 years of assiduous digging is 14 transitions and many of those from extinct chips, all of them quite fragmentary however.

Sounds like a fairy tale without proof to me.

Perhaps we should have a sit down with our supposed ancestors and discuss the issue. Let's see human's can think, write, speak and contemplate. Uh, our assumed ancestors? Duh, none of the above.

Gee, Darwin sure splained a whole lot didn't he? Too bad there ain't no proof ceptin the fairy tale.

Where are the transitional fossils? Where oh where are the unumerable transitions to prove the theory? (operative word there- theory) So sorry, no fossils yet. Got some good hoaxes to share however like the Piltdown Man and and the Nebraska man and Haeckels fraudulant embryo's and Lucy the knuckle walker (like the rest of the apes).

Well, I'm sure our sit down with the ancestors will clear it all right on up. Maybe David can conduct the interviews? Should prove as productive as the propoganda above which ignores the holes in this still unproven and rapidly fading fairy tale as science advances and Darwins theory stays stuck in the 19th century.

Cambrian explosion anyone? People aren't complaining about science. They are complaining about the lack of proof and logic to a theory that was created when the cell was thought to be bits of protoplasm but is now known to be like a factory taking information from DNA through nanobots and transferring it to RNA then transporting it to the ribosomes to be translated by nanobots (molecular proteins) error checked into protein chains and specifically folded in the chaperonins, then transported to where it is needed by the cell. Question- Where did the information in the DNA come from? A series of accidents? Duh!

Michael Mayr
12 years ago

Are you commenting on this video from prison Mr. Hovind?

Joey Twotimes
12 years ago

Why are religious people so upset about science and evolution? They don't complain about watching television, driving cars or flying in airpplanes - all created as a result of scientific evolution, as well as a bunch of other things. These arguments never seem to matter until you question someone's beliefs. They don't have to worry too much anyway because science still deals with the idea of the finger of god starting the whole process we call life. Look at the big bang theory, no one knows why it happened, it just did. Was it the finger of god - who knows. All I know is that if god is out there, he (or she or it) keeps their distance and never answers the phone. Then again, he (or she or it) wouldn't have much to talk to anyway.

ron evo
13 years ago

Mind you,
Darwin himself concluded in Origin of species that evolution
is real, but does not exclude a divine start as God might
be a prime mover. This idea goes back to Aristolis.
Wether you consider this true or not depends on your mindset.

Waldo Skipsey
13 years ago

So! Every living creature even Man starts life as a single cell. Yet there are 'adults' who cannot accept this. Why is it so? Are they afraid of something? Like losing their belief systems?

Fender Fan
13 years ago

Sorry Kent but you can't argue with facts, science has evidence and religion has a man who lived 2000 years ago and a book written a couple of hundred years later

Sick of Lies
13 years ago

Evopoppycock. Kudos to Mr. Hovind

Linda McGuigan
13 years ago

Such a great privelige to have seen this documentary.
Thank You,

Love and Peace,
Linda ;-*

13 years ago

Darvins theory was made more beautiful to watch by the great, greatest of man named Dr Sir David Attenborough. it would be my pleasure if i had a chance to see him and meet him personally.

13 years ago

In my view, Darwin, having been prepared to enter into the clergy, obeyed an admonition of the Scriptures; "Prove all things"...From the accounts of his life, as a naturalist, he was not narrow minded in his pursuit to prove the origin of species upon this planet. To disprove his work it would take an equal amount of focus and an exceptional mind to offer irrefutable evidence to the contrary. If evolution is wrong, prove it.

13 years ago

sorry Kent Hovind but evolution is absolutely correct. and just by having a name like Kent Hovind i can already preempt your arguments and already know the answers to all of them. so please dont even bother.

Kent Hovind
13 years ago

Always great to see David Attenborough presenting in his mesmerizing style ! Evolution is wrong by the way !

Solomon S. Buyco
13 years ago

Darwin - Accepting of what is as it is in their forms and sets forth from it.

Einstein - Don't argue with results, accept them as facts as it is.

Solomon - it is because it is. :o)

13 years ago

Thank you very much for this documentary!