The BEST episodes of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities season 1

Every episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities season 1, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities season 1!

Sir David shines the spotlight on some of nature’s evolutionary anomalies and reveals how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate.

Last Updated: 6/11/2024Network: BBC TwoStatus: Ended
Young Wrinklies
47 votes

#1 - Young Wrinklies

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/12/2013

David encounters two examples where Nature has tinkered with the aging process to alarmingly different effect – the first grows old while trapped in a young body while the second looks old from birth but might hold the key to a long life.

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A Curious Twist
47 votes

#2 - A Curious Twist

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/19/2013

The single spiral tusk of the narwhal inspiration for tales of unicorns and the myriad variations on the twist of the snail shell have delighted and fascinated naturalists and artists since the dawn of civilization.

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A Curious Hoax?
55 votes

#3 - A Curious Hoax?

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/5/2013

David discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery but have ultimately helped us rethink evolution. When early explorers brought the first specimen of a duck-billed platypus back to England in 1799, it was thought so bizarre it was deemed a hoax, while the midwife toad became the centre of a raging scientific storm in the 1920s that led to accusations of fakery.

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Seeing the Pattern
47 votes

#4 - Seeing the Pattern

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/26/2013

Zebra stripes vary subtly between the different species but there is one group of animals that has evolved colourful patterns of seemingly infinite variety, the butterflies. In this episode David looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.

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Stretched to the Limit
61 votes

#5 - Stretched to the Limit

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/29/2013

Some animals appear to have taken Nature’s gifts and stretched them to extreme limits. With these two natural curiosities one creature, the giraffe, has ended up with a super-stretched neck, the other, the chameleon, a super stretchy tongue. In both cases nature has found a way to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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