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Outlines the characteristics, shapes, and structures of viruses and monerans, more commonly called bacteria. Notes ways that both affect our lives.
Arthropods have jointed limbs, hard exoskeletons, segmented bodies, and molt--or shed--their shells in order to grow. Crabs, beetles, centipedes, squillas, pill bugs, and walking sticks demonstrate a variety of ways some of the one million different species of arthropods walk.
Meet Angelina, an aquarist at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Angelina discusses what it’s like to take care of a diversity of fish and invertebrates, including a behind-the-scenes look at her favorite animal, the giant Pacific octopus. Part of the "Aquarist" series.
For a few weeks each year, vernal pools explode with a diversity of microscopic and small animal life. Visually examines the plethora of living organisms often found in these vibrant, temporary pools.
Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition, and this helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on invertebrate.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. The bacteria section uses compelling microscopy of living bacteria to examine their structure, physiology, behavior, and the vital roles these microbes play in the biosphere.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Describes the discovery of viruses and their structure, how viruses are studied, how they infect their hosts, and how they replicate. Provides details on the T-4 bacteriophage and retroviruses, such as HIV.
Features Emily, the six-year-old host, who explores the forest, learns about an eco-house, conducts science experiments, learns about worms, and plants a tree. Using a natural, unscripted format, Emily investigates the world through her own candid comments and questions, engaging everyone she meets. Teaches young learners basic concepts about the world around them in a manner that is positive and nonthreatening.
What are coral? They are part animal, vegetable, and mineral. These marine invertebrates typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. Corals species include the important reef builders that inhabit tropical oceans and secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton. Part of the "Coral Comeback" series.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Echinoderms are one branch of the deuterostome line of animal evolution, the branch to which Chordates also belong. Covers phylum characteristics and key biological details for five classes: sea stars, brittle stars and basket stars, sea urchins and sand dollars (including developmental stages), sea cucumbers, and crinoids (feather stars).
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Begins with a series of observations on Hydra, including habitat, structure, feeding, nematocyst discharge, locomotion (by looping), and its sexual and asexual reproductive strategies. Obelia illustrates the two-stage life cycle found in many cnidarians. Examining the biology of jellyfish (class Scyphozoa), sea anemones, and corals (class Anthozoa) rounds out the overview of phylum Cnidaria.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Phylum Arthropoda is the most luxuriant branch on the tree of life. Covers phylum characteristics and three major arthropod classes: Crustaceans (copepods, waterfleas, branchiopods, decapods, and barnacles), Chelicerates (scorpions, pseudoscorpions, spiders, ticks, and mites), and Uniramians (centipedes, millipedes, and insects). Focuses on adaptations, life cycles, and evolutionary relationships in each section.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. The term "protist" covers a wide range of microscopic organisms formerly clumped into "Kingdom Protista." New molecular analyses show that the protistan lines of evolution go so far back in time they can be considered as different kingdoms of life. Through photography of living protists, amoebas, flagellates, algae, and the elegant ciliated protists are introduced in ten learning modules.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Worms with segmented bodies make up the phylum Annelida. Explores the three classes of annelids: Class Polychaeta (feeding, locomotion, and larval stages), Class Oligochaeta (lifestyles, feeding adaptations, and anatomy of freshwater oligochaetes and earthworms), and Class Hirudinea (leeches, crayfish, and worms show adaptations for commensal, parasitic, and scavenger lifestyles). DNA evidence places annelids close to the molluscs on the tree of life.
Part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. Imagine an animal with no mouth, no digestive system, no excretory or circulatory organs, no brain nor nervous system, and no movement as an adult. In spite of their simple nature, sponges are actually one of the most interesting animal phyla when viewed in developmental, ecological, and evolutionary terms. Clarifies the structure, function, classification, and ecological roles of sponges through animations and time-lapse microscopy.
Christmas Island, discovered December 25, 1643, is just a spec of land in the Indian Ocean. The annual red crab migration at the beginning of the rainy season, however, is so massive it can be seen from the air. It has been named a wonder of the natural world. Follows this terrestrial arthropod from its rainforest burrow, across dangerous landscape to the ocean to mate.
How is it that a museum can have over twelve hundred fossils of a particular species in its collection and not even know what it is? For decades, it was thought the Tully Monster, a bizarre animal that lived 307 million years ago, was an invertebrate. However, as host Emily Graslie reveals in this episode, scientists at The Field Museum finally cracked the mystery of the monster. It is actually related to lamprey fish. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
Presents a brief history of what new information caused the classification of living things to evolve from the original two kingdom classification of animals and plants by Linnaeus in the 18th century to the present-day six kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Fungi, Protista, Eubacteria, and Archaebacteria. Discusses three of the six kingdoms: Protista, Eubacteria, and Archaebacteria. Also, presents the hierarchical classification from kingdom to species. Because viruses do not have the capability of an independent cellular life, they are included in neither the kingdom nor domain classifications.
The Hawaiian bobtail squid and its resident bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, have a powerful and still somewhat mysterious symbiotic relationship. The luminescent bacteria populate a small pouch on the squid’s underside called the light organ, and provide a sort of “Klingon cloaking device.” They produce light at night to offset the squid’s shadow and hide it from predators when it approaches the ocean’s surface to feed. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai studies this unusual relationship. An understanding of these creatures’ rhythms could lead to new ways to treat disease. She is also studying how the squid and bacteria communicate, so they don’t harm each other.
Part of the "Life in Aquatic Environments" series. Places many of the organisms into an ecological perspective of hydras, planarians, annelids, aquatic insects, rotifers, protists, and all other organisms that provide food for fish and other vertebrates. Observes adaptations for planktonic life in daphnia and other cladocerans, copepods, rotifers, and planktonic algae. Explores bacterial decomposition, recycling of materials, adaptations for bottom life, and ecological relationships in the bottom community. Takes an underwater look at the highly specialized organisms that live in rapids, under rock communities, and in slower waters. Investigates adaptations for life in temporary wetland environments.
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