The Shape of Life (2002)

Genres - Science & Technology, Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Biological Sciences  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis

"Origins," Part 1 of this six-part series, explores "the story of life and how it came to be" focuses on the first multicelled creature (the "animal Eve," as narrator Peter Coyote calls it): the sponge. Sponges don't have defined shapes or nervous systems, but they do "eat," as University of California (Santa Cruz) biologist Christina Diaz sees (with the help of a nontoxic dye) while diving in Indonesia. They were also the first creatures to reproduce sexually and they interact with other creatures---there's even a "killer" sponge.

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animal, biology, evolution, origins, genetics, organisms, paleontology