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Lazy Sunday Video: An epic tour of life’s history

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This is one of my favorite videos that I’ve seen on the whole of the internet. (Gasp!) Piecing together clips from dozens of science documentaries and specials overlaid with stunning music, the youtube user UppruniTegundanna starts out tracing the history of humans, integrating technological and artistic development. Then it takes a turn to beautifully visualize the most severe mass extinctions on this planet before starting from the beginning — from the big bang, formation of the solar system and earth, the first molecules and the evolution of life as we know it.

It’s a lot of ground to cover and it’s so well done. Get ready for 12 straight minutes of butterflies and chills. I haven’t failed to get them each time I watch it, an unquantifiable number of times at this point.

In this video and his others, the artist seems to truly grasp the magnificence of the universe. At its heart, this video is about natural disasters, embracing extinction and death as key to how we got here – and true awe at the fact that we exist at all.

[Edited and reposted from the previous incarnation of Culturing Science.]

Hannah Waters About the Author: Hannah Waters writes about natural history and the way people think about nature. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, but really on the internet. Follow on Twitter @hannahjwaters.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Bora Zivkovic 3:38 pm 08/22/2011

    Wow! This is awesome!

    Link to this
  2. 2. AstroDr. 5:24 pm 08/22/2011

    Hannah:
    Thanks so much for posting the link to this exellent video to the “Scientific American Newsletters – Evolution” edition. It really is very well done, and had a strong and powerful emotional impact on me (no pun intended since much of it shows major cosmic impacts). It’s great seeing YouTube artists weave together scientific simulations into “mini-movies” that appeal to everyone and make a great statement. Hopefully an antidote to the waning position science seems to be holding in our society…

    Link to this

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