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The Discovering Ardi DVD, is the amazing journey of an elite team of scientists, tasked with reconstructing the oldest hominid skeleton ever found. "Ardi" was found 20 years after the famous "Lucy" in the Afar region of Ethiopia. See in a human evolution DVD, how it takes the team 17 years to put Ardi back together, while revealing a new chapter in human evolution. "

"This product is exclusive to the Discovery Channel Store.

The Discovering Ardi DVD begins its story with the 1974 discovery of Australopithecus afarensis in Hadar, northeastern Ethiopia. Nicknamed ''Lucy,'' this 3.2 million year old skeleton was, at the time, the oldest hominid skeleton ever found. In a human evolution DVD, as the Discovery Channel special documents, Lucy's title would be overtaken twenty years later by the 1994 discovery of """"Ardi"""" in Ethiopia's Afar region in the Middle Awash study area. It would take an elite international team of experts the next fifteen years to delicately, meticulously and methodically piece together ''Ardi'' and her lost world in order to reveal her significance.

The science DVD reveals a scientific investigation as it began in the Ethiopian desert 17 years ago, and now opens a new chapter on human evolution, revealing the first evolutionary steps our ancestors took after we diverged from a common ancestor we once shared with living chimpanzees. """"Ardi's"""" centerpiece skeleton, the other hominids she lived with, and the rocks, soils, plants and animals that made up her world were analyzed in laboratories around the world, and the scientists have now published their findings in the prestigious journal Science.

Shop for a Discovering Ardi DVD, and witness the amazing work by international experts, as they painstakingly put the 3.2 million year old hominid skeleton back together.

"This product is exclusive to the Discovery Channel Store.

DISCOVERING ARDI begins its story with the 1974 discovery of Australopithecus afarensis in Hadar, northeastern Ethiopia. Nicknamed ''Lucy,'' this 3.2 million year old skeleton was, at the time, the oldest hominid skeleton ever found. As the Discovery Channel special documents, Lucy's title would be overtaken twenty years later by the 1994 discovery of """"Ardi"""" in Ethiopia's Afar region in the Middle Awash study area. It would take an elite international team of experts the next fifteen years to delicately, meticulously and methodically piece together ''Ardi'' and her lost world in order to reveal her significance.

The scientific investigation began in the Ethiopian desert 17 years ago, and now opens a new chapter on human evolution, revealing the first evolutionary steps our ancestors took after we diverged from a common ancestor we once shared with living chimpanzees. """"Ardi's"""" centerpiece skeleton, the other hominids she lived with, and the rocks, soils, plants and animals that made up her world were analyzed in laboratories around the world, and the scientists have now published their findings in the prestigious journal Science.

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  • Entertaining (16)
  • Good resource (11)
  • Great cinematography (8)
  • High production value (8)

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  • At home (19)
  • Adult viewers (12)
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5.0

Discovering Ardi DVD Review

By Leslie

from Cambridge, MA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Resource
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Reliable Research

Cons

    Best Uses

    • School Materials

    Comments about this product:

    Helpful for my middle school students to understand human evolution and the fields of archaeology, anthropology and scientific investigation in general.

     
    5.0

    Sooooo interesting, loved it

    By jamie c

    from inland empire

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Good Resource
    • Informative
    • Reliable Research

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Travel

      Comments about this product:

      will share with my friends

       
      5.0

      watched 3 times

      By bernie of ardis fan club

      from toronto ontario canada

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Good Resource
      • Informative
      • Learned so much

      Cons

      • Limited Appeal

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      would be a great school tool for history class but i enjoyed at home and got more out of it each time i watched it total of 3 times

       
      5.0

      Great DVD. What TV Should Be.

      By juniorpilot

      from Burbank, CA

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Good Resource
      • Informative
      • Relevant
      • Reliable Research

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • Special Needs
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about this product:

        Just very very good. I love that there's no spin. Just information from the sources presented in an interesting way. The "best methods" of animating Ardi is beyond the wildest dreams of previous generations of scientists. And here one can see it in their home. Amazing and very interesting to me.

         
        5.0

        ARDI Rocks!

        By Paulspo

        from Canton, GA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Good Resource
        • Informative
        • Reliable Research

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about this product:

          Wonderfully informative and eye-opening DVD. Saw this when it was first broadcast and immediately wanted to show this to others. It opens a whole new chapter of evolution as we look to find our common ancestors in the past. Presented in a thorough and always-interesting way, I loved the DVD. I only wish the panel discussion that was originally broadcast after the special was included.

           
          4.0

          Very enlightening!

          By Jenny G

          from DuBois, Pennsylvania

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Resource
          • Informative
          • Reliable Research

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In the classroom

            Comments about this product:

            I showed this video after a unit on evolution in my Biology class. The students found it to be very informative as text books do not have this information as of yet.

             
            4.0

            finding ardi

            By martin malone

            from maryland

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Entertaining
            • Good Resource
            • Informative
            • Relevant
            • Reliable Research

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about this product:

              Finding Ardi is an excellent account of how paleo-anthropology gets done, the field work and the lab work. I was very pleased with the content and how it was presented.

               
              5.0

              Ardi, fasinating

              By Susan

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Casual Viewer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Good Resource
              • Informative
              • Relevant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home
                • Younger Viewers

                Comments about this product:

                This is timely and entertaining coverage of a truly significant find in unraveling mysteries in human evolution.

                 
                5.0

                Great for high school

                By Rose

                from Chestnut Hill, MA

                About Me Casual Viewer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Broad Appeal
                • Entertaining
                • Good Resource
                • Informative
                • Relevant

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers

                  Comments about this product:

                  I bought this movie to show my Anatomy and Physiology classes how anatomists can put their skills to use. It was great because we had just finished learning about the skeletal system, and the students were excited to see the knowledge put to use. It also brought up some great philosophical questions.

                   
                  5.0

                  Archaelogy aat its best

                  By Cassie

                  from Toledo, Ohio

                  About Me Casual Viewer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Broad Appeal
                  • Good Resource
                  • Informative

                  Cons

                  • Limited Appeal

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home

                  Comments about this product:

                  Products like this show just how complex the human story is

                   
                  5.0

                  Discovering ourselves

                  By leggs

                  from Davis, CA

                  About Me Movie Buff

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Good Resource
                  • Informative
                  • Relevant
                  • Reliable Research

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home

                    Comments about this product:

                    Great to share with friendss and family

                     
                    4.0

                    Great DVD Gift Item

                    By Video Master

                    from Las Vegas

                    About Me Casual Viewer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Great Cinematography
                    • High Production Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about this product:

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                      5.0

                      Excellent source for 'wonderers.'

                      By Lucy

                      from New Boston, Texas

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • Informative
                      • Intreaging
                      • Original

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • At Home
                      • In The Car
                      • Perfect Gift
                      • Travel
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about this product:

                      I am facinated by this program. Especially the foot information. My son could do many things with his big toe and second toe; e.g., pick up items or pinch really hard. Now I know where he got it.

                      The program provided a basis for intense discussions among my friends.

                      Very rewarding!

                       
                      5.0

                      Fianally, something I can use

                      By Happy Harry

                      from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Pros

                      • Fantastic

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adult Viewers
                        • At Home
                        • Sharing
                        • Younger Viewers

                        Comments about this product:

                        All of my adult life I have stated that I don't believe that we, as humans, evolved from apes or chimps. Could I explain why, NO! Since viewing this program I now have a foundation to make an informed statement as to why I believe what I believe. This program with the very professional people that explain their discovery, are nothing short of fantastic.
                        After viewing the clips of Ardi on the internet, I couldn't get enough of Ardi. Anyone that comes over to our home doesn't leave without viewing these clips before leaving.
                        If there is a con, I would like to see the material from some of these clips on the CDs. The one clip that really facinates me is the comparison of the vertibrae of Ardi and the human form.
                        I very much look forward to any CDs that follow this first one.

                         
                        5.0

                        Matches Curricular Objective !

                        By momriley

                        from New Market, MD

                        About Me Movie Buff

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Entertaining
                        • Informative

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Perfect Gift

                          Comments about this product:

                          This was an extremely well done DVD.

                           
                          5.0

                          great anthropology

                          By Danny

                          from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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                              • At Home

                              Comments about this product:

                              Great anthropology

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Ardi Skeleton Reframes the Human Story

                              By Paleo-Sisters

                              from Dayton, WY and Cincinnati, OH

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • Great Cinematography
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Adult Viewers
                                • At Home
                                • Younger Viewers

                                Comments about this product:

                                The amazing discovery of a rare hominid fossil of 4.4 MYA initiates startling new hypotheses of the origin of the human bipedalism and the environment in which she lived. She left an array of necessary bones; skull, mandible, teeth, pelvis, hands, and feet which dramatically changed scientific thinking about early human traits and their relationship to bipedalism. You will not want to miss this intriguing personal story and its implications for today.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Reviewing "Discovering Ardi"

                                By Chelsea

                                from California

                                About Me Casual Viewer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative

                                Cons

                                • Soundtrack

                                Best Uses

                                • At Home
                                • For a class

                                Comments about this product:

                                "Discovering Ardi" is a great way to get informed about human evolution. With interviews and in-depth analyses from the scientists who discovered Ardi, the nickname for Ardipithecus ramidus, an array of information is available for the taking. Whether the viewer is watching just learn new information that maybe was unknown to them before, or if it's a classroom full of students, the demographic absorbing the knowledge this program is administering, is certainly in for a treat. The cinematography is wonderful, interviews and archival footage of Ardi's excavation really bring a new element to the feature that is frequently absent in these kinds of productions. As an anthropology student, the information presented was fascinating, engaging, and certainly worth exploring further. Also, taking the audience to Africa, and into the lab to examine bone structure and biology was positively a bonus. Being able to have access, even as a viewer, is something not many get to experience. The only drawback I have is that the soundtrack proved to be a little overly dramatic. However, that being said, it did not diminish the importance of "Discovering Ardi."This DVD comes highly recommended and should be shared with friends, family, and classmates. It's truly fantastic and one of my favorites.

                                 
                                5.0

                                As good as a "CSI" episode...

                                By Jo

                                from Greensboro, NC

                                Pros

                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Adult Viewers
                                  • Younger Viewers

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  Although I had read about the discovery of "Ardi," it was still fascinating to follow the story as I watched this well-made documentary. I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in how we became human.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Excellent DVD on Ardi !!!!

                                  By iron-mommy413

                                  from Longmeadow, Ma

                                  About Me Casual Viewer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Engaging Characters
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Great Cinematography
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Informative
                                  • Original

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Adult Viewers
                                    • At Home
                                    • Perfect Gift
                                    • Younger Viewers

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    Excellent !!!!

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