NOVA: First Flower DVD

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Item #: WB9352
Although flowers have long been at the center of human life, the question of how flowers evolved has long baffled scientists. But now a tantalizing fossil that bloomed during the reign of the dinosaurs has surfaced in China. In First Flower, NOVA probes the controversy ignited by this unique fossil, and pursues the trail through the stunning lost world of ... More
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Although flowers have long been at the center of human life, the question of how flowers evolved has long baffled scientists. But now a tantalizing fossil that bloomed during the reign of the dinosaurs has surfaced in China. In First Flower, NOVA probes the controversy ignited by this unique fossil, and pursues the trail through the stunning lost world of China's remote Hengduan Mountains.

Producer: Doug Hamilton
Production Year: 2007
Copyright Year: 2007
Narrator: Liev Schreiber
Discs: 1
DVI: Y
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Letterbox

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Akbillk
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The First Flower
Review by Akbillk on 07/17/20 review stating The First Flower
This is a good portrayal of the hunt for the ancestral first flower by the plant kingdom. It explains the basic problems between classical plant taxonomy/evolution with the findings of modern analyses. A good show for advanced secondary or early college level classes.
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Student U.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Well done! - a great teaching tool
Review by Student U. on 07/17/20 review stating Well done! - a great teaching tool
The film makers have produced an excellent view of plant evolution research. It is refreshing to see a quality production on a group of organisms often neglected in todays isolated and anthropocentric society. The blending of floristic, phenetic, molecular, and paleobotanical techniques provides a wonderful example of the complementarity vital for advancing scientific knowlege. I strongly recommend this as a great teaching tool for both the information on angiosperm evolution as well as the process of science. My only reservation lies in the exageration of the competitive dimension of the research groups and some of the rather kitschy imagery such as the tumbling pastel pollen grains. I will attribute this to artistic license and it may actually be necessary for popular appeal.
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Greg Z.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Fantastic Science
Review by Greg Z. on 07/17/20 review stating Fantastic Science
This is a wonderful documentary for those interested in science. It reads like a detective story, how flowering plants made their appearance on the planet and changed the world. The fact that most of us take flowers for granted (making up most of the foods we eat today) makes this a real eye opener. The evolutionary process couldnt be more elucidated as insects and flowers have combined forces to conquer the world with success. I strongly recommend this to both laypeople and science enthusiasts alike.
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Greg
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
DVD First Flower
Review by Greg on 07/17/20 review stating DVD First Flower
This had sentimental significance in that my mom was gravely ill when we watched this together and we both loved it. Nova is great!
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Sharon
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
NOVA: First Flower DVD by WGBH Boston
Review by Sharon on 07/17/20 review stating NOVA: First Flower DVD by WGBH Boston
Great video - has a lot of information. SHould be a must for horiculture classes.


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