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The challenge of invasive alien species

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Dec 2014
Invasive species are a growing challenge: causing damage to species, ecosystems and people.

Meerkats as desert specialists

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Updated 23 Oct 2014
Meerkats are often associated with the Kalahari sands and, over time, have become highly adapted to the desert conditions. 

Endangered green turtles

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Updated 23 Oct 2014
Many green turtles come to nest on Raine Island but, for some, says Dr Andrew Dunstan, it is literally an uphill struggle. 

Mating choices of Japanese macaques

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Updated 22 Oct 2014
How female macaques choose their mating partners is the focus of Dr Michael Huffman's research.

Kangaroo friendships

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Updated 22 Oct 2014
Just as humans benefit from friendships, kangaroos also enjoy being part of a social network, PhD student Emily Best explains.

Raising humpback whale calves

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Updated 21 Oct 2014
Among the Hawaiian islands, researcher Dr Rachel Cartwright observes humpback whales and their calves in their breeding area.

Weaver bird nests

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Updated 21 Oct 2014
Dr Dieter Oschadleus explains how and why weaver birds build their nests the way they do.

Meerkat alarm calls

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Updated 21 Oct 2014
Zoologist Tim Clutton-Brock explains how meerkats use the alarm calls from other species to stay safe - unless it is a Drongo imitating a meerkat!

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Neighbourhood nature

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 31 Oct 2013
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...

iSpot: Sharing nature

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in nature. It will give you the opportunity to learn more about wildlife, and to...

Studying Darwin

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit brings together a collection of units from the OpenLearn site that would be of interest to anyone wishing to study Darwin’s theory of...

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Sep 2013
David Attenborough looks at ‘life in the trees’: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. You will learn how lemurs,...

Evolution: artificial selection and domestication

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 31 Aug 2012
In the 18th and 19th century evolutionary biologists, including Darwin, emphasised the similarities between natural evolution and artificial ‘...

The science of evolution

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 31 Aug 2012
This unit debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion.

School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Jul 2012
This introduction to the evolution of mammals considers Darwin’s observations on mammals, and how he noticed that species fell into natural groups....

Studying mammals: A winning design

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This unit explores some of the features,...

Studying mammals: Chisellers

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal...