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The Storm Breaks [electronic resource]: How Darwin Linked Plant and Animal Studies

Open University
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Today his name is closely associated with human evolution. Why, then, was Charles Darwin such a tireless observer of plants? This program illustrates Darwin's quest to further support his assertions in On the Origin of Species using the familiar surroundings of his garden. Science interpreter Jim Doherty guides viewers through Darwin's studies of insect-eating plants, including the common sundew and the Venus flytrap. Then he re-creates the means by which Darwin monitored climbing plants, contemplated the sexual nature of plants and flowers, and investigated cross-fertilization. Showing how these botanical studies informed Darwin's view of all living things, the program culminates in an overview of the 1860 Oxford debate on the merits of his ideas.
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59 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 06, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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How Darwin linked plant and animal studies
In Darwin's Garden: Evolutionary Theory and Nature's Laboratory
In Darwin's garden
  • Darwin's Life Works (2:42)
  • Darwin's Critic (1:23)
  • Studying Evolution Through Plants (1:24)
  • Insect Eating Plants (5:05)
  • Sundews Prefer Nitrogen (2:22)
  • Venus Fly Trap (3:43)
  • The Results: Plants are Different (1:15)
  • Darwin Loses Faith (1:10)
  • Climbing Plants (2:13)
  • Results: Spiraling Upwards (2:57)
  • Natural Selection (1:19)
  • Archetypes (1:20)
  • Peacock Tail (3:29)
  • Evolution of Peacock Feathers (3:22)
  • Sexual Reproduction (1:23)
  • Evolution of Flowers (2:17)
  • Reproducing Orchids (3:25)
  • Inbreeding (2:02)
  • Self-Fertilization in Flowers (3:08)
  • Inbreeding in Cheetahs (2:48)
  • Results: Plant Fertilization (2:10)
  • Supporting the Theory of Evolution (1:21)
  • Oxford Debate on Evolution (3:23)
  • Beginning of Darwinism (1:20)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2008.
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  • 40622s Films Media Group
  • 40624 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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