5 Best Evolution Documentaries

Sunday, January 9 by Amin El-Gazzar

Not many filmmakers have attempted to explain evolutionary theories, but these 5 best evolution documentaries are just amazing, proving that film is indeed a marvelous way to be introduced to evolution.

  1. "Becoming Human" is a three part series aired on PBS NOVA in 2009. This narrative is one of the best evolution documentaries emphasized by impressive computer-simulated translation of our human predecessors. Through interviews with vanguard paleoanthropologists and archaeologists and a limelight on the scientific process of evolution, excavation and investigation, the documentary allows for a fairly whole picture of how humans evolved. It features the work of Zeray Alemseged and his discovery of the youthful Australopithecine specimen, “Selam.”
  2. "Walking with Cavemen" is a BBC video, produced in 2003, which provides a cinema-graphic, thought-provoking introduction to human development. The film presents provocative and exploratory vignettes to follow the buildup of the traits that make modern humans what they are today.   Commencing with Australopithicus afarensis and ending with the beginnings and scattering of contemporary Homo sapiens, this film does well to draw attention to the main themes and quality of human evolution. It hits many key points, including walking upright on two legs, meat eating, construction of stone tools and extended childhood,
  3. "Ape to Man" aired on The History Channel in 2005. The show features historical perspective on human origins research through interviews with Joe Cain and Leslie Aiello. Beginning with the first discovery of early human remains and chronicling some of the most important advancements and events in the field, including the discovery in Africa of the so-called “missing link, the publication of Darwin’s "The Origin of Species" and the Piltdown forgery.
  4. "The Journey of Man: The Story of the Human Species" was released on PBS Home Video in 2003. The story focuses on the genetic proof for an African origin of Homo sapiens and tries to explain both the heterogeneity and homogeneity that the human species demonstrates today.
  5. "Evolution: A Journey Into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going," a PBS Special, aired in 2001. This is a seven-part series that presents a concise, but all-inclusive review of the most important topics in evolutionary hypothesis. Beginning with a review of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and its impact on humankind, this section serves as an enormous overview of evolutionary conjecture, its concepts and its history. The story continues with a focus on the evolutionary processes that put specialization and macro-evolution in plain words and explains the progression of annihilation with a focus on mass extinction and humans' impact on the planet. The documentary explores our present weaponry competition with bacterial and viral illnesses, explains the evolutionary benefit of sex and examines the concept of sexual selection. The case is then presented that contemporary minds evolved sometime between 150,000 years ago, triggering the imaginative and high-tech increase that characterizes contemporary culture.