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YEAR: 2002 | LENGTH: 8 parts (53 minutes each)  |  SOURCE: DOCUWIKI

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The Shape of Life tells the gripping and magnificent tale of the beginnings of all animal life.

Using innovative camera techniques to capture rarely seen creatures and breathtaking computer animation to reveal stunning detail, this digital high-definition series tells the stories of the revolutionary findings and scientific breakthroughs in biology, genetics and paleontology that are rewriting the book of life.

The series celebrates the splendors and struggles of evolution, unveiling eight biological designs that are the underpinnings of nearly all animal life.

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Search for…and discover the origin of today’s animal life. Stunning photography reveals never-before-seen wonders beneath the sea that offer new understanding of life on earth.

Once animals began to move, all life changed. Set out to see how animals first evolved their splendid machinery for motion.

Follow an unlikely predator, the bizarre and vibrant flatworm, whose hunting and sexual exploits forever altered the shape of life.

In a geologic instant,a fantastic array of animals emerged on earth, laying the groundwork for the incredible diversity of life that exists in the world today.

The conquest of land was one of the most important innovations in the history of animal life. See how the relentless invaders – arthropods – have taken over the skies, land and sea, adding to the earth’s diversity in ways strange and beautiful.

As marine life became more varied, competition for food became fierce, creating an evolutionary arms race. Follow the development of the molluscs and learn how they avoid becoming lunch.

The spiny starfish is a shining example of a survivor. Watch as incredible time-lapse photography uncovers startling behaviors that reveal new insights into how even the most unlikely of creatures are amazing success stories.

Modern science is using technology to probe ever deeper into the origins of human existence. See how the latest findings are connecting humans to the array of animals on earth.

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