Up until recently, my go-to primer video for people who don’t yet have a great understanding of the tenants of evolution has been to show them NOVA’s special “Intelligent Design In The Classroom.” It does a great job of giving enough rudimentary knowledge interspersed with the narration of the Dover trial. However, I hadn’t yet found something that was specifically focused on education about evolution that was simple enough for a person without outstanding science literacy but also somewhere above the complexity of Bill Nye, with extra points for a video that would include interesting and entertaining narratives.
And, finally, lo and behold! PBS, Netflix and Neil Shubin delivered unto me the best holiday gift ever.
How did your body become the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today? Anatomist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates — the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree.
If you have a few hours, please watch the three episodes available on Netflix here.