Despite overwhelming obstacles, life on Earth has evolved from the most humble of beginnings to a level of diversity that challenges human comprehension. The fittest have indeed survived--even in places where no living creatures could be thought to exist.
In a stunning six-part miniseries, Nature presents a compelling new vision of the epic forces that have shaped the Earth. More than three years in the making, "Triumph of Life" combines dramatic storytelling with powerful, ground-breaking scientific ideas in a sweeping story about survival and the survivors--the winners, for the moment at least, in an eternal battle.
This drive to survive has produced remarkable hunting strategies, from frogs that are able to snare flying insects with long, elastic tongues, to cheetahs that work together to chase down fleet gazelles. But it has also shaped magnificent survival skills. Some moths, for instance, can sense a bat’s prey-seeking sonar pulses, and duck just in time to avoid the onrushing bat’s jaws.
Other animals have taken to deception, evolving colors and body shapes that provide perfect camouflage, making them invisible to predators. Some octopuses featured on THE ETERNAL ARMS RACE, for instance, can make themselves look just like poisonous sea snakes.
Still other animals have taken the opposite tack, covering themselves in bright, outrageous colors that make it impossible for them to hide, but advertise the fact they can be distasteful or poisonous to eat. In the competition between hunter and hunted, no new tactic — from thicker armor or sharper teeth to better vision and hearing — is left untried. But only the successful traits — those that either let a predator catch more prey or allow the prey to survive attack — get passed along to the next generation. Meanwhile, the ultimately unsuccessful adaptations get left behind on evolution’s battlefield, victims of life’s eternal arms race.
Produced by: David Heeley & Suzanne Weinert
Title: Triumph Of Life-The Eternal Arms Race
File Size: 741 MB
Video Length: 00:52:31
Video Codec: XviD
Video Resolution: 720x384
VIdeo Bitrate: 1927 kbit/s
Audio Bitrate: 192 kbit/s
Audio Codec: (AC3)
Subtitles: (External English)