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Animals at the extremes: Polar biology free course icon Level

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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, Animals at the extremes: Polar biology, explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat.

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14 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Angel Breed

Understand the basic rules of genetics and see if you can breed the rarest fish in our biology game.

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The selective breeding of dogs

How does the selective breeding of dogs work? Why are poodles and German Shephers different? What about designer dogs? This science article explores.

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Endangered green turtles

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

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Raising humpback whale calves

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

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The Wonder of Dogs - Episode one article icon

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The Wonder of Dogs - Episode one

What makes dog breeds so different?

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The wonder of dogs - Episode two article icon

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The wonder of dogs - Episode two

How do humans harness the skills of certain breeds of dog?

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Seahorses in the United Kingdom

Neil Garrick Maidment of The Seahorse Trust discusses the seahorse populations indigenous to the UK

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10 mins
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Darwin and Evolution

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin Of Species. This album introduces Darwin's great revelation: that species change and adapt according to their environment. Apparently diverse specimens and fossils reveal surprising results, such as the common ancestry of the hippopotamus and the dolphin, whose evolutionary paths diverged when their habitats changed. Research on sparrows show how particular characteristics are linked to success at surviving in the wild, and the selective breeding of dogs for aesthetic purposes shows how humans can influence the evolution of other species. This material forms part of The Open University course S366 Evolution.

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20 mins
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History & The Arts 

The Suffolk Horse

It was once the mainstay of farmwork - learn more about the Suffolk horse

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OU on the BBC: Personal Passions - Rare Breeds:Paul Heiney

Paul Heiney talks about his passion for the Suffolk horse and rare breeds

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