"The Shape of Life" - Mark Shelley 2002 - Episode 1: Origins
Submitted by infojunkie on Thu, 2009-12-17 09:40.
- The sponge turns out to be an animal - and the oldest / most basal one at that too! That means we (humans as part of the animal kingdom) all descend from the sponge! Congratulations everyone.
- Although the doco doesn't say so, I will advance the conjecture that the sponge is in fact the **link** between plant life and animal life. Witness the Wikipedia introductory paragraph about animal characteristics where the sponge is singled out.
- The sponge is a living filter. Pretty inspiring for organic engineering.
- DNA molecules can be seen in a clear solution at 44:52. Ghostly white, very abstract.
- At about 32:11, during a particularly dramatic unveiling of the digestive system of the sponge, the soundtrack distinctly blends the Arabic Muslim intonation of "Allahu Akbar الله أكبر" (God is great) into the music background. Very unusual.