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Published on Jan 17, 2012
mp3: http://bit.ly/xqVD4J - A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is the 13th video in the Symphony of Science music videos series. Materials used in this video are from:
Richard Dawkins' "There is grandeur in this view of life" speech BBC Life BBC Planet Earth David Attenborough's First Life Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life Bill Nye Evolution episode
If you enjoyed the video, consider checking out Dawkins' book of the same name, The Greatest Show On Earth, as well as the other mentioned source materials. Special thanks to everybody who's donated to keep the project alive and to those who helped track down the materials used in this video.
[David Attenborough] How could one species turn into another?
[Richard Dawkins] How is it that we find ourselves surrounded by such complexity, such elegance?
[Bill Nye] The genes of you and me They're all made of DNA We're all made of the same chemicals DNA - we're all made of DNA
[Attenborough] Only the fittest survive And that is the key Natural Selection That is the key
[Dawkins] We are surrounded by endless forms Most beautiful, most wonderful Evolution - the greatest show on Earth
There is grandeur in this view of life Evolution - the greatest show on Earth
[Attenborough] The history of life can be thought of As a many branched tree The five kingdoms of life were established early on
Bacteria Protists- amoeba like creatures Fungi Plants And animals
[Dawkins] We find ourselves perched on one tiny twig In the midst of a blossoming tree of life
We are surrounded by millions of other species Walking, flying, burrowing, stalking, chasing, fleeing, Outpacing
[Attenborough] Animals strive to reach this one ultimate goal To ensure the survival of the next generation This one ultimate goal To pass on their genes That is what life is all about
[Dawkins] As we look back on the history of life We see a picture of never ending, ever rejuvinating novelty
[Attenborough] Those animals may seem to us to be very remote, strange, even fantastic
But all of us alive today Owe our very existence to them