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TimeTree: An Emmy Award-winning Database

David Attenborough's Emmy Award-winning film and television program Rise of Animals (BBC/Smithsonian Channel) takes viewers on a 500 million year journey exploring the evolution of vertebrates. To do so, it uses Hedges and Kumar's circular TimeTree of Life as its framework.

The TimeTree was brought to life using animated computer-generated imagery in scenes every 10 minutes throughout the two-hour movie. The Emmy award was presented by the National Academy of Television (Arts and Sciences) for “Outstanding Nature Programming.” Scenes from the film are shown below.

Screen captures from film