Evolve

Evolve is an Emmy-nominated show that explores the possible evolutionary origins of animal abilities and how those abilities have contributed to the survival of those species. Each show focuses on a feature of animals, such as eyes or the ability to fly, and discusses how they may have come about. Through interviews with experts, such as evolutionary biologists and other scientists, they discover what led animals to involve these traits.

Tuesdays at 10:00 pm on History Channel
1 Season, 7 Episodes
July 29, 2008
Documentary & Biography
8.2/10
Cast: Kevin Deon
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Evolve
Episodes

Evolve Full Episode Guide

  • How has our ability to communicate defined us as a species? Sharing information with each other has allowed humans to rise to the top of the food chain and dominate our environments. But humans aren't the only species that can communicate. Organisms as simple as bacteria can communicate, a strategy that lets them cooperate to take down creatures millions of times their own size. Fish use pheromones to warn each other about predators and find mates. Chemicals are also an effective means of communicating on land, and they've allowed insects--some of nature's smallest and most unassuming animals--to become the most populous and prolific on earth. The ability to interact stretches back billions of years and has often been one of the primary factors in a species ability to evolve and survive.

  • It makes up 16% of your body weight, is the largest organ in the human body, allows birds to fly, mammals to nurse their young, and provides a lifelong defence against predators and parasites alike. What is it? Skin. From the delicate membranes that encased the earliest animals to the leathery hides that protected the dinosaurs, this episode looks at how skin has changed and adapted to virtually any challenge it has faced throughout history.

  • It's one of the most important developments in the history of life. An adaptation that lets animals kill, butcher, and devour. There is perhaps no instrument more important to survival than a strong set of jaws. From the shark's rows of razor-sharp serrated teeth, the crocodile's overwhelmingly swift-snapping-trap, to the lion's shredding canines--all have evolved in response to the never-ending struggle between predator and prey. But just how did these ultimate killing weapons develop in the first place?

  • A look at the role in evolution the digestive system plays. Among those examined are the tyrannosaurus, snake, cow and humans.

  • Learn how the ancestors of jellyfish might have been the first species to evolve to light-sensitive cells and other interesting facts in the premiere episode of "Evolve."