David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.

How Did Life Begin on Earth?

David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.


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Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

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