A message reads 350 Billion Years Ago over the stars twinkling in the universe. A single cell swims in the ocean. Its twists and turns, forming into a jellyfish. Its body tightens and head swells as it becomes a pufferfish. Over time, the body lengthens and extends, changing into a carnivore. It eats a small fish who enters its mouth.
The carnivorous fish leaps onto the shore. Its skin hardens and scales develops along the sides. It races away from a dinosaur roaring by a mountain. Its legs stretch and a slimmer face forms once it becomes an alligator. In the forest, the alligator looks up the tree and begins to climb. As it climbs, its webbed toes change into furry claws. On top of the tree, the ape jumps up and down.
The ape runs jumps off the tree and onto the snowy ground. It stands up and beats its chest in the desert. Its body becomes fuller with distinctive facial features while it changes into a orangutan. It puts its hands over its face during a dust storm. The fur peels off and it adapts to its human limbs as it runs. It becomes the modern man, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The man walks on the sidewalk and eats a hot dog. The man gains weight and his hair starts to thin as he continues to walk. He puts his hand on his heart and wipes the sweat off his forehead. He sits on a bench in a park of a major city.
The theory of evolution, according to PBS.org first began with Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Lamarck reported in his studies that animals were able to adapt and change their bodies according the enviroment. The most widely accepted theory is Charles Darwin, who believed each creature descended from one another. He explored his studies in his book, The Origin of the Species, which was published in 1859. Darwin, as explained by LiveScience.com, creatures survived through natural selection. The video demonstrates Lamarck’s version.
Intelligent design, though, according to Brittanica.com questions Darwin’s theory and was developed by William Paley. Intelligent Design, as stated on their website, “holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”
The teaching of evolution, though, has faced some legal challenges, beginning in 1968 with Epperson vs. Arkansas through December 10, 2005 with Kitzmiller et. al, vs. Dover. The Dover Area School District could no longer teach intelligent design since it was not science.
Director: Hammer & Tongs Year: 1999