David Attenborough investigates one of the greatest stories in natural history – the rise of the vertebrates, the group of backboned animals that dominate our planet.
David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500 million year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates, -animals with back-bones. This journey takes him on his first filming trip in China to investigate the discovery of a series of remarkable ancient creatures that are being hailed as key missing links to our evolutionary past.
This two part series is the epic story of the astonishing evolutionary advances that have created the dazzling diversity of animals that dominate the planet – including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and, ultimately, mammals. This group has produced the largest, the fastest and the most intelligent creatures the world has ever seen.
David Attenborough pieces together cutting-edge discoveries from around the world, including a region he’s long dreamt of exploring – the new frontier of modern paleontological research – China, to unpack this grand narrative. Brand new discoveries of ancient fossils, the latest scientific analysis of living animals and cutting edge CGI enable David to tell the fascinating story of how animals came to be the way they are today, and ultimately led to us.
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