"The Shape of Life" - Mark Shelley 2002 - Episode 1: Origins


Shape of Life at CBS

  • The sponge turns out to be an animal - and the oldest / most basal one at that too! That means we (humans as part of the animal kingdom) all descend from the sponge! Congratulations everyone.
  • The sponge is a living filter. Pretty inspiring for organic engineering.
  • DNA molecules can be seen in a clear solution at 44:52. Ghostly white, very abstract.
  • At about 32:11, during a particularly dramatic unveiling of the digestive system of the sponge, the soundtrack distinctly blends the Arabic Muslim intonation of "Allahu Akbar الله أكبر" (God is great) into the music background. Very unusual.