The Shape of Life Episodes

2002, TV Show

Episode Detail: The Conquerors - The Shape of Life

“The Conquerors” (Part 4) follows arthropods out of the sea some 380 million years ago. How did they do it? Jointed legs, “the essential marvel of arthropod design,” says narrator Peter Coyote. (That and algae, their “base camp.”) The first of these “relentless invaders” to climb onto land were various species of bugs and spiders, and eventually some (by now three-quarters of all creatures) developed wings. They “have filled our world with unbridled diversity,” sums up Coyote.

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Premiered: April 02, 2002
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Six-hour series exploring `the story of animal life and how it came to be,' says narrator Peter Coyote. The documentaries also focus on scientists studying various aspects of animal life.

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