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Planet of Life [VHS]

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
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  • Number of tapes: 4
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • VHS Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 335 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304887043
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Imagine a five-eyed lobsterlike creature hovering above the ocean floor, bringing food to its mouth through a long, wormlike trunk tipped with spines. Is this on Mars? No, planet Earth. It's an Opabinia regalis, an ancient creature whose discovery originally caused paleobiologists to laugh, and just one of dozens of outstanding 3-D computer-animation and life-size models that give the Discovery Channel's Planet of Life boxed set its verve. The series begins in The Birth of Earth, with a Mars-sized asteroid hitting Earth's primordial oceans, and traces the progression of lipidlike molecules to DNA, blue-green algae, and amoebas. Narrator Stacy Keach explains the evolutionary advantages of kidneys, bones, and lungs in early fish, and British Columbia's Burgess Shale reveals bizarre Cambrian fossils and their fascinating reconstructions in Ancient Oceans. Plants lure tetrapods onto land in When Dinosaurs Ruled and rock-eating, herbivorous dinosaurs evolve. The dinosaurs covered, especially berosaurus and triceratops, are treated thoroughly, but viewers expecting more vicious dinosaurs à la Jurassic Park will be disappointed. Creatures of the Skies traces the angiosperm revolution and flight adaptations from pterosaurs to archeopteryx to modern birds and butterflies. The Insect World looks at special adaptations, such as the compound eye, and explains bee language. Apes to Man presents different anthropoids with fabulous comparative footage of different skeletons walking. Evolution's Next Step answers questions like "Where did all Biosphere Two's oxygen go?" The series' life-size models, computer animation, expert interviews, and on-location film footage will appeal to anyone looking for a good visual overview of evolution. --Tara Chace


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