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