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Do you know that you are an Amniote like the golden eagle, a tetrapod like the rattlesnake with its four limbs for walking? But hold on - A rattlesnake on four legs? From the point of view of evolution, yes indeed! One fine day, the common ancestor of the snakes discovered the knack of slithering and thus lost its feet. Stranger still, did you know the crocodile is more closely related to the canary than to the viper?…The objective of the documentary film There is something about species is to peer into the Tree of Life and to demonstrate that the millions of species on our planet, including human beings, all belong to a single huge family.How should we classify these living species? What characteristics should we use? The number of feet? The presence of wings, of feathers? Not an easy question to answer…The film also informs us of the state of current knowledge, and corrects some of the misunderstandings about evolution: No, we are not descended from monkeys, we are both descended from a common ancestor. No, we are not more "evolved" than bacteria: we have invented science, stamp-collecting and crêpes suzette; but bacteria are capable of reproducing 14 times per minute at a temperature of 100°C. Just try that! There is something about species presents us with the Tree of Life, showing us the ways in which we are related to other living species. It shows us clearly the current state of the life sciences in a playful and entertaining way.Ranging from the study of the evolution of the living world, to the curious inventions of nature, we will come to understand the terms and stakes of the debates which have shaken the scientific world about the origin of life on Earth and its evolution.

Denis Van Waerebeke, en collaboration avec Vincent Gaullier See his other films
Produced by : Blanche Guichou
Company : EX NIHILO
Coproduced by : CNRS, ARTE FRANCE, FRANCE 5, NHK
Partners : Arte, France 5, RTBF, NHK

Genre : documentary
Duration : 52 min / 90 min
Year of production : 2008
Available Versions : VF / VO STF, VA / VO STA

Distributor : Lagardère entertainment

International sales : Lagardère entertainment

Awards :
PariScience : Grand prix PariScience "AST-Ville de Paris", 2008.
International Science film festival : Athena Innovation & Technology Prize, 2009.
Festival du film scientifique de Bangkok : Prix du jury, 2009.
Festival du film scientifique de la Réunion : Grand Prix Sciences Réunion, 2009.

Festival selections :
Vedere la Scienza, Milan, 2009.
Festival du film de chercheur, Nancy, 2009.
Festival du Film Scientifique, Oullins, 2009.
CinéSciences, le festival du Film en Région Languedoc, Montpellier, 2009.
Printemps des sciences, Bruxelles, 2009.
Festival des Sciences de Chamonix Mont-Blanc, 2009.
Festival des Sciences, Rennes, 2009.
Prix « Le goût de Sciences », Paris, 2009.

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