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Five Hundred Million Years: 1: Did it Happen?


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How evolution looks today a hundred years after Darwin.
Were living things created as we know them today, or do we all share the same family tree?
Speakers in the programme include: R.B. Freeman, Professor P.B. Medawar, F.B.S., W.E. Swinton, Ph.D., D.R. Newth Ph.D.
The series introduced by William van Essen.
Film by Macqueen Film Organisation
The first of a series of six weekly programmes


Speaker: R.B. Freeman
Speaker: Professor P.B. Medawar
Speaker: W.E. Swinton
Speaker: D.R. Newth
Presenter: William van Essen
Animated diagrams: Alfred Wurmser
Producer: James McCloy

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Five Hundred Million Years: 1: Did it Happen?

BBC Television, 22 April 1958 22.25

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