David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates is a Nature programme.

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David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates

David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500-million-year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. David presents explosive new fossil evidence from China, a region he has long dreamt of exploring and the frontier of modern paleontological research, revealing how vertebrates came to be the dominant form of animal life and why humans are the heirs to a magnificent evolutionary heritage. This episode details the origins of the vertebrates, which lie in the primitive fish that once swam in ancient seas. Remarkable advances allowed them to make the radical move onto land, and then take to the skies with the advent of flight. Brand new discoveries of fossils - ancient and living - combined with stunning CGI enable David to chart their unexpected journey out of the water to populate all corners of the globe. episode 1.

Genre: Nature

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 2 April 5th, 4:15pm and on BBC 2 Northern Ireland April 5th, 4:15pm. See more...