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Re: The First Animals

The Ediacaran fauna is fascinatingly weird, and Attenborough is smart enough to 
catch onto it as the earliest animals. The mention of predation (inevitable in 
a critter documentary) makes me suspect they will go into the Cambrian to find 
predators as well as the blueprints for modern animals. Definitely sounds 

At 10:16 AM -0500 2/7/10, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>Actually, from the sound of it both the Ediacaran fauna and (hopefully)
>the Doushantou embryos will be discussed.
>And when you look at Mistaken Point and the Namibian vendobionts, there
>are some damn interesting Ediacaran critters.
>Erik Boehm wrote:
>> I'm guessing the ediacaran biota won't be covered much, and the show will
>> focus on the Cambrian Explosion.
>> While the Cambrian explosion is interesting, I think its clear now that
>> "animals" existed before it, and thus the Cambrian didn't have the "First
>> Animals"
>> It would be understandable, there isn't much to look at from the ediacaran
>> - some circular things, some blobs, some disks, something that looked like
>> a fern on the sea bottom (they might give Charnia a mention), and then
>> that sort of trilobite/bug looking thing Spriggina may also get a mention.
>> -- Then its probably on to oddities like Anomolocaris, and some putative
>> early chordates.
>> --- On Sun, 2/7/10, john hunt <john.bass@ntlworld.com> wrote:
>>> From: john hunt <john.bass@ntlworld.com>
>>> Subject: The First Animals
>>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
>>> Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010, 2:47 AM
>>> I don't know if this is the series
>>> that was discussed recently on the list.
>>> Probably not, but still of interest. 
>>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/the-first-animals/

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