Coincidence in Paradise
Why on Earth are there Human Beings? The fact that we exist has always been taken for granted, and, thanks to Darwin, we also know that in all probability we are descendants of some ape-like creature. But how did this descent, from ape to man, come about? Are there any signs that Nature intended it this way?
COINCIDENCE IN PARADISE investigates these and other fascinating questions through interviews with world-renowned scientists, and captures their work-in-progress with stunning cinematography.
The film presents, in the field, some of the most influential scholars working today, including:
* Kamoya Kimeu, the world's most successful fossil collector, and paleontologist Dr. Meave Leakey - responsible for one of the most significant discoveries about the origins of humankind, the oldest known bi-pedal ancestor.
* Prof. Tim White (UC Berkeley), the paleontologist whose work in Ethiopia focuses on the earliest traces of humankind. White's discovery, Ardipithecus Ramidus (4,400,000 years old) is documented on film, for the first time, in COINCIDENCE IN PARADISE.
* John Gurche, an anthropologist and artist, famous for his realistic sculptures of early man.
* Dr. Christophe Boesch, a Swiss biologist who has been observing chimpanzees in their natural African habitat for 18 years.
* Elisabeth Vrba, an evolutionist and professor of paleontology, who in the Okavango Delta of Botswana studies the environment to try and establish the probable conditions that existed at the time of early man's creation.
From fossil rich desert gorges to laboratories, from primeval rain forests to the sculptor's studio, COINCIDENCE IN PARADISE delves into the million year mystery of our origins, seeking the latest discoveries that may answer the question - What exactly was it that first initiated our genesis, our species' actual birth?