David Attenborough embarks on a remarkable 500 million-year journey revealing how the rise of the vertebrates defines our human bodies. From the triple Emmy-winning producers of 'David Attenborough's First Life' comes the sensational follow up 'David Attenborough's Rise of Animals'. This landmark series charts the complex and fascinating evolutionary path that connects us, and all other vertebrates living on Earth today, to the very first life forms with a backbone. It is a remarkable journey that spans the ages and reaches to the far corners of the modern world, including incredible encounters with magnificent wildlife and privileged access to previously unseen fossils and excavations in China. It uses captivating CGI, combined with cutting-edge science, to recreate some of the most significant moments in the evolutionary tree, including the very first vertebrate to step on to land. This epic story of the vertebrates' rise to dominance also reveals that we are the heirs to a magnificent heritage, uncovering the amazing ways that our human bodies bear the traces of this breathtaking evolutionary journey.