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Discovering Ardi

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Has a 4.4-million-year-old: missing link, been found? The groundbreaking discovery of the skeleton nicknamed: Ardi, more than a million years older than Lucy, offers a fascinating look at what the last common ancestor of humans and living apes might have been like. An international team of scientists, who 17 years ago began an investigation of the remote Ethiopian desert where the discovery was made, has painstakingly analyzed its findings and now can reveal in compelling detail how and why humans emerged. This exclusive peek at a new chapter on human evolution, narrated by Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe and illuminated with 3D recreations, brings Ardi and her world to vivid life.

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  • Directors: Rod Paul
  • Writers: Jonathan Wickham, Steve Eder
  • Producers: David Paul, Paul Gasek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00316DDU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Discovering Ardi" on IMDb

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How could anyone doubt the wonders of Natural Selection after seeing this? I bought it to show to my High School Biology classes. They were fascinated. Several asked is this REALLY true? Seems to me that if we show them the science these students might just question the version they hear at church. Wouldn't it be nice if the creationists were asked to supply really strong evidence?
I would recommend this to anyone who has an open mind and a curiosity about the origin of our species.
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As an evolution teacher, one really appreciates when someone takes the time to make a well thought out and presented video presentation about how scientists go about finding and uncovering secrets about the ancestral relatives of humans. This video meticulously documents the discovery of "Ardi", a hominid fossil. Students will learn how one determines where to dig for a hominid fossil and will gain appreciation for the enormous amount of work that goes into the extracting, preserving and reassembling the bones into a three dimensional form. They then discuss how they go about determining whether a creature like this walked on two feet or four, as well as a slew of other fascinating things like gender, age, diet. Tim White one of the lead investigators, keeps the audience interested throughout the video and really shows how the investigation into our evolutionary history is a truly international effort! Discovery did a great job in putting together this well thought out and educational video!
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Really love early human development doc's, and this one is superb. A must see if there ever was one. The odds of finding a skeleton from this period, this complete, was astronomical. How they do their analysis from this find beats any detective story you will ever read. Most enjoyable!
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I have been following paleontology studies of early hominids since Mary Leakey's discovery of "Zinjanthropus Man" in Olduvai Gorge in the 1960's in Africa's Rift Valley. I have even attended lectures given by her son Ralph Leakey at El Camino College in California years ago. But this Ardipithecus discovery is quite revolutionary in that it shattered the widely held theory of the day that early man learned to walk on two legs on a grassy plain with a few trees here and there. To learn that early hominids became bipedal in areas with a lot of trees is amazing to me. Modern man's relentless drive to learn the truth regarding our early beginnings is fully illustrated in this film record. I was so impressed by the film that I bought copies for my son and daughter. I highly recommend this DVD.
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...keeps changing. 4.4 million year old skeleton, a million years older than Lucy, shows us just how far back mankind has been walking. A wonderful peek into how science works - 17 years of work to find the clues in "Ardi" and to understand the world in which she lived in. A new look at our evolution - how early did walking develop? If Ardi was NEVER a knuckle walker who did SHE evolve from? If she both climbed and walked, in a forest, around 4.4 million years ago how far back will we have to look to find our missing link? The first ape to stand up and walk? Another million? Two million?
AMAZING!
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What I especially enjoyed about this documentary is that besides presenting some good information on what the consensus is on some ancient hominids (especially Ardipithecus ramidus) is, there is also a good presentation on the immense effort the experts took to come to their conclusions. In other words, this documentary not only gives good facts, it presents how those facts were acquired.
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I really enjoyed this program when shown on TV and want to view it again in the future. Anthropology has always been a lifelong interest and new discoveries are always fascinating. My only disappointment is these programs are rarely Bluray.
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A+ DVD: documents the discovery of one of the earliest known hominid species: ardipithecus ramidus.
Very entertaining, educational, and spoken in laymen's terms for a general audience.
Interviews with scientists, the use of charts and graphs, archive footage from the 1990s & CGI provide additional expert analysis on the Ardi and its impact on our understanding of human evolution.
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