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NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey


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Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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The first program of this series presents images of human and animal embryos that dramatize the universal roots of all living things. The program compares reproduction and the development of the fetus to the beginnings of life on earth and the process of evolution. The program traces the history of life on the planet, including the development of one-celled organisms; a computer animated representation of the first creatures to leave the primordial sea and evolve into land animals; an explanation of birds as the descendents of the dinosaurs; and an examination of the common genetic material of humans and chimpanzees.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey,” 10/09/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19737AF6713A4C3CA3814E780393654F.
MLA: “NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey.” 10/09/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19737AF6713A4C3CA3814E780393654F>.
APA: NOVA; Odyssey of Life: The Ultimate Journey. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19737AF6713A4C3CA3814E780393654F
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