Biology, Environment

Broadcast (2012) Professor Alice Roberts reveals the natural history of the most famous of Ice Age animals - the woolly mammoth. Mammoths have transfixed humans since the depths of the last Ice Age, when their herds roamed across what is now Europe and Asia. Although these curious members of the elephant family have now been extinct for thousands of years, scientists can now paint an incredibly detailed picture of their lives thanks to whole carcasses that have been beautifully preserved in the Siberian permafrost.

We have an extraordinary relationship with dogs - closer than with any other animal on the planet. But what makes the bond between us so special?
Research into dogs is gaining momentum, and scientists are investigating them like never before. From the latest fossil evidence, to the sequencing of the canine genome, to cognitive experiments, dogs are fast turning into the new chimps as a window into understanding ourselves.

1. Microorganisms (1674)
Microscope lens grinder Anton Van Leeuwenhoek accidentally discovers microorganisms in a drop of water. Using his own microscopes, he observes sperm, bacteria and red blood cells. His observations lay the foundation for the sciences of bacteriology and microbiology.
2. The Cell Nucleus (1831)
While studying an orchid, botanist Robert Brown identifies a structure within the cells that he terms the "nucleus."
3. Archaea (1977)

Charles Darwin's theories radically changed the way we view the evolution of man; other top discoveries in evolution include the Burgess Shale fossils that provide a snapshot of ancient life andthe KT Asteroid which caused the demise of the dinosaurs. (www.youtube.com)

And Man Created Dog, National Geographic documentary about evolution from wolves to domesticated dogs. (www.youtube.com)

Experience the most destructive mass extinction of all times, the Permian extinction. (www.youtube.com)

BBC Horizon - Global Weirding (2012)

50 million years after the great dying, the Earth is just recovering, unti, tectonic movements split Pangea in two, but this brings massive volcanic eruptions and a downfall of the oxygen levels. (www.youtube.com)

BBC Invisible World III 2010. Richard Hammond explores the astonishing miniature universe all around us. (www.youtube.com)

BBC Invisible World II 2010. Richard Hammond explores the astonishing miniature universe all around us. (www.youtube.com)

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