Darwins Lost Voyage

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Nature Documentary hosted by Andres Williams and Armand Leroi, published by National Geographic in 2008 - English narration

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-- Also aired as "Darwin's Secret Notebooks" -- Along the wild edges of the Earth, against a stunning backdrop of aerial, underwater, and wildlife photography, evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi leads us on an unforgettable journey--and uncovering the evidence--that inspired Darwin's revolutionary work, "On The Origin of Species. Its the story we havent heard. Though he circled the world on the H.M.S. Beagle for five years, Darwin spent only five weeks on the famed Galapagos. He had no epiphany there, no Newton's apple falling from the tree. So what was it? What certain facts from the voyage led this young Creationist to propose a theory so radical it remains controversial (though widely proven) 150 years later? Contrary to conventional belief, Darwin's greatest epiphanies do not occur on the Galapagos islands. Instead, they are a cultivation of years exploring the wilds of South America where forests become the cathedral of Darwin's religion. Encountering a world like he's never seen before, Darwin's senses are overwhelmed by a world teeming with life, but what he finds along the way is perplexing to a 19th century naturalist. He questions why do the fossils he discovers look like giant versions of the sloths and armadillos still living nearby; why do the penguins and other birds he sees use their wings as flippers, fins or sails – but not for flying; how could sea shells be found embedded in rock layers more than 100 miles from the sea? It is not until after he leaves the Galapagos – where mockingbirds, not finches capture his attention – that he is able to fully appreciate everything he has encountered and pull together his masterwork: The Origin of Species. "Darwin's Lost Voyage" brings passages from Darwin's writings to life, as we see the clues he saw while listening to his words and watch in wonder as CGI animates his ideas, focusing us on critical details and revealing the lucid epiphanies of a magnificent mind. Using Darwin's own diary and field notes, Armand Leroi goes beyond the Galapagos to explore forgotten shores to witness the very creatures, fossils and places that captivated the young naturalist's imagination... and changed the world forever. Producer/Director: Geoff Luck ; National Geographic Television Production

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 2 960 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 46 min 43 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.09 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: DHD

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