Sir David Attenborough Sir David Attenborough
Stories About

Sir David Attenborough

A peacock butterfly in Hurworth-on-Tees, England, in 2013. Peacock butterflies are one of the species the Big Butterfly Count is tracking, with the help of citizen volunteers. Chris Golightly/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Chris Golightly/Flickr

Paleoartist Peter Schouten's reconstruction of Microleo attenboroughi prowling along the branches of rain forest trees in search of prey. Peter Schouten/Courtesy of the University of New South Wales hide caption

toggle caption
Peter Schouten/Courtesy of the University of New South Wales

After a spirited Internet response chose "Boaty McBoatface" as the name for a research ship, Britain's science minister said a more suitable name was needed. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills hide caption

toggle caption
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Sir David Attenborough at the Beijing Museum of Natural History with fossil of Juramaia, as featured in the Smithsonian Channel series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates. Courtesy Smithsonian Channel hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy Smithsonian Channel

In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Human evolution is an unfolding process with chapters yet to be written; no one really knows where we're going. But we can look back to earlier chapters, with ancestors like Australpithecus afarensis, including the individual we call "Lucy" (seen above), for an understanding of how evolution works and what has happened to us over time. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Tim Boyle/Getty Images