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The Story of the Shape of Life


A group of passionate marine biologists had a wild dream. We wanted to share with others the incredible diversity of animals that live in the ocean. So we jumped at an opportunity to produce a high quality PBS series about those marine animals we so loved. When all was said and done, this became the dramatic story of the rise of the entire animal kingdom.

After the series aired, we didn’t want those stories sitting on a shelf forgotten. They deserved to be freely available to all interested. Shape of Life was born. When you share something you love, you give it freely. You shouldn’t charge people to watch the greatest show on earth, a show in which we are all an intricate part.

When Shape of Life partners with NOVA, it's an EVOLUTION LAB!

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NOVA just launched their new online game for exploring the history of life on earth-- and, they asked Shape of Life, along with the National Center for Science Education, Khan Academy, UC Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to join forces in bringing an interactive digital tree of life game. NOVA's Evolution Lab contains two major components:

Bringing Science Class to Life

photo of Science teacher with students using laptopFeb. 24, 2014—Observing the schools of tots swirling through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it’s easy to see that those wild little creatures are part of the animal kingdom. Thrilled by their marine counterparts, these youngsters are amped and ready to learn …science.

Unfortunately, America’s youth doesn’t seem to hold on to the thrill of scientific discovery in the classroom or, later on, career choice.