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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec. 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002RNOS5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“A discovery of great significance” --David Attenborough

When scientists announced the discovery of Ida, the most complete early primate fossil ever found, the world was stunned by the extraordinary detail preserved for 47 million years. And the debate began about Ida’s place in the story of evolution. Could she be one of our earliest ancestors – a remarkable link between the first primates and modern humans?

With exclusive access to Ida, and the team of world-renowned scientists studying her, this documentary film follows the amazing detective story that followed Ida’s discovery, carried out in secret for two years.

Using the latest scientific techniques to anaylse and verify the fossil, the team begins to piece together Ida’s forensic secrets, and investigate the link between Ida and human evolution.

Using state-of-the-art graphics, The Link takes us on an epic evolutionary journey, opening a stunningly evocative window into our past, showing how Ida changes what we know about primate evolution, and ultimately, challenging our idea of what it is to be human and where we came from.

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Special features include an interview with David Attenborough, additional insights into Ida and her background from the experts and behind the scenes footage.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Pope on 7 Jun. 2011
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The Link follows in a long line of interesting documentaries from the BBC natural history unit and Sir David Attenborough. It details the discovery of one of the most complete skeletons ever of one of our primate ancestors, how it was found, the deals involved in purchasing it and its detailed analysis by a team of scientists. The story plays out a bit like a detective novel with a cast of enthusiastic scientists. Recommended if you are into natural history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. A. Wright on 30 Mar. 2013
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Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. This quick dip into palaeontoogy is fascinating. If you're a Creationist, this DVD is an absolute must. If you're interested in the topic, it's a must. If you've a relative whose birthday is coming, it's a must...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hope on 30 Mar. 2013
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David Attenborough is always excellent to listen to, and this is no exception. Ideal present for the fossil enthusiast of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 24 Jan. 2013
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This program was interesting as not only could the fossil be a member of our ancestral tree, but it can also tell us a story of how it lived and died.

If you have any interests in Evolution or Geology, I would recommend this DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Wells on 25 May 2013
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This is an excellent DVD in the usual Attenborough mould but there is one disappointment. Having watched the entire DVD there is no final reconstruction of the animal in question. So what did it actually look like while alive?
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sagar Karandikar on 18 Sept. 2010
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As far as the presentation is concerned, I did not like "The Link". It disappointed me in the following ways:
A] We still don't know [and I guess we will never know] who discovered this fossil. All we are told is that it was acquired by a scientist in a fossil fare.
B] Ida shows a clear connection with apes and is not related to the Lemur branch. However, this point is made laboriously. Instead of saying how she was our ancestor and not the common ancestor for apes and lemurs, the presentation carries on and on, as if to unfold a mystery. It is so obvious when you see the fossil that there is no need to make this long winded story about this linkage.
C] It could have been finished in half the time. They keep repeating the same information, same sentences even.
D] It is less scientific and more dramatic.
E] As much as I adore Attenborough, his narrative is lately stuck in his own style. We could do with a fresh voice.

The plus points are:
A] Of course the story of Ida and the significance of this extraordinary fossil is tremendous. This could be finished in 30 minutes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Edwards on 3 Feb. 2015
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I am an avid lover of Sir David Attenboroughs work as a natural fact...so buying and watching this utterly amazing and engrossing dvd is not only a joy to watch but a *no-brainer* to purchase especially at this crazy price!
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A must for everyone who is interested in paleontology, especially primate evolution.
The story is about Ida, the most complete fossil ever found, perhaps of one of our earliest ancestors.
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