Documentaries on Evolution and Big History

by MrKaya | created - 11 Jan 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Documentaries on human evolution, neanderthals, primates, and the history of life on earth in general.

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1. Evolve (2008– )


The world is full of fascinating animals which come in a multitude of species. But how did these species evolve? What features do they have that makes them different? This series ... See full summary »

Stars: Kevin Deon, Stephen M. Kajiura

Votes: 85

2. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: First Steps (2009)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and considers weather climate change was the driving force behind our early evolution.

Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Zeresenay Alemseged, Michel Brunet, Peter de Menocal, Yannick Garcin

Votes: 118

3. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: Birth of Humanity (2009)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Nova examines the ancestors of man by attempting to to reconstruct what they look like, what tools they used, and how they lived. Special focus is given to Homo erectus.

Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Jordi Agusti, Susan Antón, Viktor Deak, Christopher Dean

Votes: 98

4. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing (2009)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Nova examines the early ancestors of mankind and examines why Homo sapiens won out over Neanderthals in the evolutionary race.

Director: Graham Townsley | Stars: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Dominique Bonjean, Stu Chase, Viktor Deak

Votes: 91

6. Ape to Man (2005 Video)

100 min | Documentary, History

The history of the search for the "missing link" in evolution is told through reenactments and interviews with leading scientists.

Director: Nic Young | Stars: Leslie Aiello, Joe Cain, Edward Herrmann, Kevin Hudson

Votes: 125

7. Nova (1974– )
Episode: What Darwin Never Knew (2009)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at Charles Darwin, his book On The Origin of Species, and how his theory of evolution is explained. It includes Darwin's observations through work on the Human Genome Project.

Directors: Serena Davies, Rushmore DeNooyer, Sarah Holt, John Rubin | Stars: Ellen Becker-Gray, Jerry Chu, Kandace C. Cummings, Olivia Judson

Votes: 111

8. Der Fisch in uns (2014– )


Have you ever wondered why the human body looks the way it does? Why we walk on two legs instead of four? Why we can see in color but have a lousy sense of smell? Your Inner Fish delves ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Shubin, Michael Berryman, Jonathan Bloch, Tom Burbacher

Votes: 318

9. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Neanderthal (2005)


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Star: Joe Duttine

Votes: 11

10. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Decoding Neanderthals (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?

Director: Nick Clarke Powell | Stars: Corey Johnson, John Hawks, April Nowell, Ed Green

Votes: 113

11. Evolution (2002– )

480 min | Documentary, Drama

This magazine-style documentary outlines biological evolution through a variety of dramatizations and data delivered by expert testimony.

Stars: Liam Neeson, Roger Brierley, Anthony Carrick, Jane Cunliffe

Votes: 211

12. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Cracking Your Genetic Code (2012)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

Those in the know contend that soon gene sequencing will be cheap enough that anyone can have their genome deciphered. This program shows how confusing this knowledge can be as people ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Holt | Stars: Jamie Effros, Nathaniel Pearson, Francis Collins, Joe Beery

Votes: 53

13. The Genius of Charles Darwin (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

In this three-part series Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary scientist and bestselling author, takes us on a journey of discovery. How does evolution work? How do we know it's true - and why... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Dawkins, The Naked Cowboy, Steven Pinker

Votes: 837

14. The Incredible Human Journey (2009– )

60 min | Documentary

This series explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory.

Stars: Alice Roberts, Robert Bednarik, Sandford Bigplume, Bruce Bradley

Votes: 759

15. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Cavemen Cold Case (2013)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Scientists investigate the recently found 49,000 year-old remains of a group of Neanderthals in El Sidron, Spain. Could they have been victims of cannibalism?

Director: Ruth Berry | Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Marco de la Rasilla, Antonio Rosas Gonzalez, John Hawks

Votes: 24

16. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: The Blind Watchmaker (1987)

47 min | Documentary

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Star: Richard Dawkins

Votes: 71

17. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan, Michael Pitts

Votes: 33,031

18. Rise of the Continents (2013– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Story how today's continents are formed from single super continent pangia

Stars: Iain Stewart, Dean Ah Chee, Mike Archer, Pedro Montes Coria

Votes: 404

20. Galapagos 3D (2013)


Filmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon De Glanville, Anthony Geffen, Alex Hemingway

Votes: 821

21. Creation (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry

Votes: 12,895 | Gross: $0.34M

22. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 2,703 | Gross: $1.72M

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