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  • Close up of the head and shoulders of a hippo halfway submerged in the water. Caption: are mammals you may have seen before.

    Highlights the main characteristics of mammals through song, narration, and film. Notes most mammals live on land, and shows ways mammals move and protect themselves. Labels key features.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cartoon of a beaver next to a river. Caption: It's ideal for swimming…

    In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. This episode is all about mammals. Animals highlighted include: a beaver, a squirrel, a polar bear, a panda, a raccoon, a kangaroo, a wolf, a hippopotamus, a lion, and a giraffe. Part of the "Zoobabu" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Photo of deers captured in a photo trap.

    Do animals change their behavior when humans hike through the forest or move next door? Scientists looking to answer this question are relying on webcams. They are hoping to gather data to pinpoint adaptations in animal behavior related to human interaction.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cow grazing in the snow. Spanish captions.

    From dogs to squirrels to elephants, students are familiar with many different mammals. Students will learn the distinguishing features of mammals. Concepts and terminology include backbone, fur, warm-blooded, milk, and live young.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Person running. Caption: This frees our lower back, the lumbar, for movement.

    Paleontologists today look at more than just fossil evidence to learn about organisms that lived millions of years ago. In this episode, host Emily Graslie seeks to answer the question, "How did mammals develop their specialized movements?" Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • The skull of the bottleneck dolphins is displayed on a table. Caption: Bottlenose dolphins have echolocation as well,

    Whales are fascinating. They're also, oftentimes, absolutely gigantic, which makes storing them in a museum collection quite challenging. In this episode, host Emily Graslie visits the Smithsonian's "Whale Warehouse" to chat with Curator of Marine Mammals Dr. Michael McGowen about the incredible specimens housed in this unique space. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Person speaking. Caption: Well, today we're gonna talk about mammalian diversification.

    Host Emily Graslie discusses a new scientific theory about mammalian diversification. According to this new theory, placental mammals evolved before a major mass extinction event, which occurred sixty-five million years ago. However, there is no fossil record to prove the new theory, but scientists around the world used genetic material to form their theory. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a skeleton. Arrows indicate the front right toe and back left heel. Caption: Their elongated heel bone and Achilles tendon.

    In this episode, host Emily Graslie discusses the anatomy of various mammals and how they move. Tetrapods generally use three different types of locomotion. Graslie highlights three groups of animals and the science behind their movements: plantigrade animals, digitigrade animals, and unguligrade animals. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Two sea mammals swimming side by side. Caption: Her newborn calf sleeps snugly by her side.

    Part of "The Living Oceans" series. Captures the lives of several whale species, including the blue whale, the southern right whale, humpback whales, sperm whales, and California gray whales. Compares the migratory habitats of gray whales with the habitat of the others who tend to stay in the Caribbean or southern Atlantic ocean. Shows the whales nurturing their young and traveling in communities.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Four dolphins of various sizes swimming closely together in the water. Caption: These pods are groups of moms who all have had babies.

    Two young narrators talk about dolphins, those mammals of the sea. Addresses their physical characteristics and method of communication. Shows where they live, what they eat, and how they play. Notes that the pink dolphin is a rare fresh water dolphin. Reminds the viewer that keeping the environment clean and recycling trash are two methods of protecting this familiar animal.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Dolphin in the water with its head over the water line and mouth open while a person in a wetsuit out of the water reaches towards the dolphin. Caption: They can vocalize like this, listen:

    Looks at the career of dolphin trainer. Covers the subjects: How do dolphins get trained? What subjects to take in school to be a dolphin trainer? Why is math important to be a dolphin trainer? Are dolphins fish? Do dolphins communicate with each other? What are mammals? Part of "Career Opportunities for Young People" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Head and shoulders of a bear visible in a berry patch. Caption: has its unique way of coping with its environment.

    Looks at amazing instincts of three kinds of mammals: whales, bears and monkeys (primates). Segment 1, Marine Migration: Follows the humpback whales' migration through the waters between Maui and Alaska. Describes "bubblenetting", the whale's unique feeding behavior. Segment 2, Hibernation and Homing: Shows how bears' hibernation and homing instincts help them survive treacherous conditions. Segment 3, Parenting Primates: Visits the island of Borneo and shows how adult proboscis monkeys, macaques, and orangutans teach their young. Suggested classroom activities follow each segment.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Three people in a dark cave wearing headlamps. Caption: There are so many bats in here.

    In January 2014, host Emily Graslie accompanied Curator of Mammals, Bruce Patterson, on a field expedition into the bat caves of Kenya. In this second installment, the researchers collect bats at night. The next morning they release the captured bats and try to record the "sounds" made by the different species. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • People walking through a cave. Caption: And try and set your feet without dragging your shoes

    In January 2014, host Emily Graslie accompanied Bruce Patterson, Curator of Mammals, on a field expedition into the bat caves of Kenya. They were joined by media producers Greg Mercer and Emily Ward to document the experience. In this first installment, the team of researchers prepares to journey to Mt. Suswa. They have to travel deep into the cave before they encounter any bats. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Small, furry animal with a pointed head and nose. Caption: meerkats emerge just after sunrise.

    Explores the open savannahs of Africa, particularly the mammals that inhabit them and the trees that border the grasslands. Shows how the different animals interact with each other and the non-living elements of their habitat to maintain a healthy balance. Also investigates the threat from an increasing human population for homes, food, other resources, and the resultant threat to the survival of many animal groups. Looks at international breeding programs around the world, which were established to protect these animals and enable them to reproduce in captivity, so their gene pool is preserved.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Bats hanging upside down from the roof of a cave. Caption: bat guano was used mainly in fertilizers.

    The Mexican free-tailed bat is one of the most abundant mammals in North America. Outside of San Antonio, Texas there is a cave that is home to over 40 million of these bats. Roosting in large numbers in relatively few areas makes them especially vulnerable to human disturbance and habitat destruction. Documented declines at some roosts are cause for concern because there is a delicate balance in the ecosystem that depends on the bats. There is also cause for concern among other bat species that are falling victim to white nose syndrome, which is a condition named for a distinctive fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of affected animals.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Four mammals, one with short, curved horns, grazing on grass. Spanish captions.

    What is biodiversity? Students explore the concept of biodiversity as it applies to a wide range of ecosystems on Earth.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a spider. Caption: We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

    Ollie and Hanna receive a lesson on breathing. Suzi, with the help of a friend, explains why all living things must breath. Part of "My Little Planet" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A giant deer roams a grassland.

    Megaloceros was one of the largest members of the deer family ever to walk the Earth. The archaeological record is full of evidence that human ancestors lived alongside and interacted with these giant mammals for millennia. Part of the “Eons” series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A panda eating bamboo shoots.

    How does a bear, which is a member of the order Carnivora, evolve into an herbivore? Despite how it looks, nothing about the history of the giant panda is black and white. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)



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