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Origins
Sponge pumping

What was the first animal? How do we know?

Life on the Move
Jellyfish

How did animals begin to move? Are the descendants of these first movers alive today?

The First Hunter
Flatworm

What animals were the first to hunt? Do you need a head to get ahead?

The Conquerors
Crab

How did animals move from the ocean to land? Why are more than 80% of living species arthropods?

Featured Animals:
Sponges
 

Featured Animals:
Cnidaria
 

Featured Animals:
Flatworms
 

Featured Animals:
Arthropods
 

Survival Game
Seashell

What is the purpose of sea shells? How did the struggle for survival lead to animal diversity?

Ultimate Animal
Starfish (animation still)

Is one type of animal better than the rest? Can you have social behavior without a brain?

Explosion of Life
Cambrian Worm

What caused the rapid appearance of new kinds of animals 520 million years ago?

Bones, Brawn & Brains
Monkeys

How do humans fit into the shape of life? Why have animals with backbones enjoyed such success?

Featured Animals:
Molluscs
 

Featured Animals:
Echinoderms
 

Featured Animals:
Annelids
 

Featured Animals:
Chordates
 

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