The story of life on Earth from the formation of the solar system to the evolution of the first multi-celled creatures.

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The story starts at the formation of the solar system, showing how Earth was the only planet placed just right in distance from the sun. It continues showing how amino acid chains formed proteins, proteins to cells, cells to asexual reproduction, and asexual reproduction to sexual reproduction. Written by Tony-B4

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18 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Shown in the Smithsonian
27 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is an animated short depicting a theory of how life could have began on Earth. The short is very colorful, with a very catchy song. While the subject is simplified for younger children, it does illustrate how the Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen molecules 'combined' to form amino chains which were precursors to simple one-celled creatures. The new chains appear as small creatures comprised of the letters themselves (C-H-O-N) and dance around. While the animation isn't of the highest quality, the animated short has been showing continuously in the Smithsonian for as long as I have visited.

This film was (and may still be) running in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, in a dark alcove right by the Dinosaur wing on the first floor.


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