The Life of Mammals

The Life of Mammals

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Disc 4: In the daily hubbub of monkey life, only those with talent as social wheeler-dealers get ahead. Human beings appear to be unique among mammals. We live in hughe cities, we walk on two legs and we have language. But how far have we really come from our mammalian heritage?
Introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on this planet. From the smallest to the largest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the least attractive to the most irresistable. Looks at 4,000 species, including ones that have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on Earth. Examine how their adaptations for finding food have had an effect on the way they socialize, mate and live.
Disc 3: With perfect streamlined bodies and great underwater speed, seals, dolphins, portpoises and whales became the new hunters of the seas. A range of adaptations from suction feet to gripping tails to the ultra-keen senses help the tree-dwelling mammals to survive high above the ground.
Disc 2: Special tools like chisel-sharp front teeth and underground dwelling enables this group of mammals to feast on the toughest roots and seeds. Meat eating predators and their prey must evolve speed, endurance and maneuverability to outwit each other. The aggression of the kill means the difference between life and death. Omnivores will eat whatever is around at the time, making them highly adaptable. Among this group are some of the most charismatic and widespread mammals on the planet.
Disc 1: David Attenborough makes a worldwide journey of discovery in search of fascinating mammals to illustrate why we mammals are so incredibly successful and diverse. The insect hunters were there at the very beginning of mammals and are still thriving today. They are one of the great success stories of mammals. Some of the biggest predators to walk the Earth are the plant predators, and they face a constant battle as their prey is heavily armored, often indigestible and poisonous.
Publisher: [London, Eng.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, 2003
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781419860713
1419860712
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (500 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)

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