"Netflix’s beautifully realised historical biography of life certainly has
ambition. Perhaps 4 billion species have existed in as many years of Earth’s
history: an embarrassment of riches for eight 50-minute episodes.
To make sense of this, Life on Our Planet
focuses on some remarkable turning
points. The evolution of photosynthesis, multi-cellular animals, skeletons,
legs and big brains are innovations that created opportunities for life to
diversify and modify its environment in radically new ways.
Underlying all this, the inexorable movement of the continents repeatedly
changed the stage. Sometimes, landmasses clustered together producing vast,
harsh deserts, and sometimes they broke apart – as now – yielding a richer
variety of environments that harbour vastly greater diversity. This interplay
between biology and geology is the narrative thread throughout the series.
Life on Our Planet
has some important messages about the nature of evolution
and our own future. Here are the three we think most important."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics