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Life - with David Attenborough

Life - with David Attenborough Copyrighted image Copyright: Rupert Barrington
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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Do animals really raise human babies as their own? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yellowstone National Park
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 20 May 2016
A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

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Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 14 May 2016
David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

Life In Cold Blood

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Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals?

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2016
A researcher explains how prairie dogs appear to have developed strategies to keep alert in noisier environments - but there might be a downside.

The Wonder of Dogs

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The Wonder of Dogs Copyrighted image Copyright: Jevgenia Issakova | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 08 Apr 2016
From the BBC and The Open University, a celebration of all things canine.

Do whales use their heads to attack boats?

Do whales use their heads to attack boats? Creative commons image Amila Tennakoon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
New research suggests the formidable forehead of the sperm whale might be perfect for ramming potential threats.

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

An introduction to biological systematics

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An introduction to biological systematics Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, An introduction to biological systematics, is concerned with macroevolution the patterns and processes of evolution above the...

Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

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Animals at the extremes: Polar biology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This free course,...

Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor

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Animals at the extremes: Hibernation and torpor Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This free course, Animals at the...

Neighbourhood nature

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Neighbourhood nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 21 Mar 2016
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...

Surviving the winter

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Surviving the winter Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms...

Life in the Palaeozoic

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Life in the Palaeozoic Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
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...

Studying mammals: Food for thought

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Studying mammals: Food for thought Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying...

Studying mammals: The social climbers

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Studying mammals: The social climbers Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Monkeys have long fascinated us because of their similarities to the human race. In this free course, Studying mammals: The social climbers, you...

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

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Studying mammals: Life in the trees Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
David Attenborough looks at life in the trees: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. In this free course, Studying...