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Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

“Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life” is a television documentary about Charles Darwin and his revolutionary theory of evolution. The documentary is presented by David Attenborough. Attenborough builds the documentary on three questions: how and why did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ever before?

Sir David Attenborough (born 1926) is a British broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting “the Life” series and he has a career of more than 50 years of natural history programmes. In one interview Attenborough stated that he considers himself an agnostic. In another interview he was asked if he ever had any religious faith. His reply was, “No. It never really occurred to me to believe in God”.

In the documentary of Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Attenborough starts the journey in Kent at Darwin’s home in Down House, where Darwin struggled with the origins of life. Attenborough visits sites important in Darwin’s life such as the Natural History Museum and the Cambridge University where both he and Darwin studied. He goes through the development of the theory since its beginnings, and how it changed the way in which humans view themselves.

Attenborough concludes that because of Darwin’s comprehension, we now can understand why there are so many different species, why they are distributed in the way they are, and that humans are not set apart from the natural world but are related to all other animals.

Released in 2009
Written by David Attenborough
Starring David Attenborough

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Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life