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NOVA; Family That Walks On All Fours


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Family That Walks On All Fours
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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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When the BBC released the story of five siblings from an impoverished family in Turkey who habitually walk on all fours, it created a worldwide media sensation. But what is the evolutionary signficance of such a discovery? Is the family some kind of genetic throwback to our earliest ancestors who had not yet evolved to become bipedal? Or are the Turkish siblings merely the product of tragic mental retardation and further impeded by social circumstances? NOVA's program tells the family's extraordinary story while exploring the scientific implications of their strange impairment, which turns out to be more intriguing and subtle than any of the sensational newspaper headlines have suggested.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Family That Walks On All Fours,” 12/07/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_857476BBA66B4FDA8755CA1DA6CED202.
MLA: “NOVA; Family That Walks On All Fours.” 12/07/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_857476BBA66B4FDA8755CA1DA6CED202>.
APA: NOVA; Family That Walks On All Fours. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_857476BBA66B4FDA8755CA1DA6CED202
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