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  • Blue Planet II Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Blue Planet II

    Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Nov 2017

  • Blue Planet II

    Blue Planet II Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Nov 2017
    Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series...

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    21 Nov 2017

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films Updated content
    Updated 21 Nov 2017
    This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores the dynamic...
  • Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Life In The Undergrowth

    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

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    21 Nov 2017

  • Life In The Undergrowth

    Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Updated content
    Updated 21 Nov 2017
    David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.
  • Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah

    Life Story

    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch...

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    5 mins

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    21 Nov 2017

  • Life Story

    Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2017
    With Life Story, David Attenborough takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.
  • The Deep: Polar 'pumps' Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    The Deep: Polar 'pumps'

    By Dr Philip Sexton

    The life of almost all marine animals relies on the 'polar pumps' caused by rising and falling water. Philip Sexton...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Nov 2017

  • The Deep: Polar 'pumps'

    The Deep: Polar 'pumps' Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Nov 2017
    The life of almost all marine animals relies on the 'polar pumps' caused by rising and falling water. Philip Sexton explains how they work.
  • Palaeobiology: Solving the Riddle of the Gastroliths Creative commons image Icon USFWS Mountain-Prairie under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    01 Nov 2017

  • Palaeobiology: Solving the Riddle of the Gastroliths

    Palaeobiology: Solving the Riddle of the Gastroliths Creative commons image Icon USFWS Mountain-Prairie under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Nov 2017
    The evidence explains why some prehistoric animals have stomach stones?
  • Palaeobiology: The Riddle of the Stomach Stones Creative commons image Icon Ryan Somma under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    5 mins

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    01 Nov 2017

  • Palaeobiology: The Riddle of the Stomach Stones

    Palaeobiology: The Riddle of the Stomach Stones Creative commons image Icon Ryan Somma under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Nov 2017
    Why did some prehistoric animals have stomach stones?
  • Hallowain't III: Thorny devil Creative commons image Icon Bäras under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Hallowain't III: Thorny devil

    It's a spiky devil. It's also known as a dragon. So is it a dragon from hell? No.

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    31 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Thorny devil

    Hallowain't III: Thorny devil Creative commons image Icon Bäras under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Oct 2017
    It's a spiky devil. It's also known as a dragon. So is it a dragon from hell? No.
  • Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish Creative commons image Icon Brian Gratwicke under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish

    Swimming around without any self-control, the better to spread infection. Are killifish zombies, raised from the dead...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish

    Hallowain't III: Kilifish - the zombie fish Creative commons image Icon Brian Gratwicke under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Swimming around without any self-control, the better to spread infection. Are killifish zombies, raised from the dead? No.
  • Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos Creative commons image Icon Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos

    Get a taste of episode one, and go behind the scenes, of our lush love letter to the deep blue.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 Oct 2017

  • Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos

    Blue Planet II - One Ocean: The videos Creative commons image Icon Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Oct 2017
    Get a taste of episode one, and go behind the scenes, of our lush love letter to the deep blue.

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  • Surviving the winter

    In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Nov 2017

  • Surviving the winter

    Surviving the winter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating...
  • Evolution: artificial selection and domestication

    In the 18th and 19th century evolutionary biologists, including Darwin, emphasised the similarities between natural evolution and artificial ...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    27 Oct 2017

  • Evolution: artificial selection and domestication

    Evolution: artificial selection and domestication Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Oct 2017
    In the 18th and 19th century evolutionary biologists, including Darwin, emphasised...
  • Migration

    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Sep 2017

  • Migration

    Migration
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2017
    Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special...
  • School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals

    This introduction to the evolution of mammals considers Darwin's observations on mammals and how he noticed that species fell into natural groups....

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals

    School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Aug 2017
    This introduction to the evolution of mammals considers Darwin's observations on...
  • Neighbourhood nature

    There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the...

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    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    02 Aug 2017

  • Neighbourhood nature

    Neighbourhood nature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 02 Aug 2017
    There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know...
  • iSpot: Sharing nature

    This free course, iSpot: Sharing nature, provides a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in nature. It will give you the opportunity to...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Jun 2017

  • iSpot: Sharing nature

    iSpot: Sharing nature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Jun 2017
    This free course, iSpot: Sharing nature, provides a valuable resource for anyone...
  • Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

    The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This free course,...

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    14 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 May 2017

  • Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

    Animals at the extremes: Polar biology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 09 May 2017
    The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make...
  • Life in the Palaeozoic

    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Jul 2016

  • Life in the Palaeozoic

    Life in the Palaeozoic Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Jul 2016
    Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike....
  • An introduction to biological systematics

    This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the...

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    24 Mar 2016

  • An introduction to biological systematics

    An introduction to biological systematics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with...
  • Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor

    Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This free course, Animals at the...

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    14 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    24 Mar 2016

  • Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor

    Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
    Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive...