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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"Life on the Move" (Part 2) explores how animal movement ("life's glorious dance," narrator Peter Coyote calls it) began. The world's first movers: ancient sea anemones, which developed "sensory tentacles that could reach out and touch the world" some 500-million years ago. Their primary contribution: nerve and muscle tissues. "They invented wiring," biologist Ian Lawn says. "This was an amazing leap for the animal world." And one anemone evolved into jellyfish, the world's first swimmers.



animal, biology, evolution, origins, animal-behavior, genetics, movement [action], organisms, paleontology, sea-life