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The Challenger [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Trees once dominated the planet, but grasses eventually challenged their supremacy to become Earth's main form of plant life. In this program, Iain Stewart explains how it happened, and the impact the change had on mammalian evolution. Describing the link between sharp grass blades and the creation of an oxygen-rich atmosphere, Stewart takes viewers on a journey of discovery that includes a look at the Fongoli chimps, who adopt a human-like stance to scan the savanna. And at a Neolithic temple, he explains how one mutant gene in a species of wild grain resulted in the ability to raise wheat and make bread, thus sustaining a workforce that could now build the world's first cities.
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49 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 15, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
How to Grow a Planet
  • Planet of the Trees (3:54)
  • Mountains, Minerals, and Limestone (3:45)
  • Car Engines and Plants (4:19)
  • Grass Fires (5:29)
  • Grasses: Land Grab (2:58)
  • Grasses and Animals (2:28)
  • Grasses and Mammal Extinction (1:48)
  • Diatoms: Lungs of the Ocean (4:38)
  • African Savanna: Chimpanzee Behavior (5:56)
  • Emergence of Homo Sapiens (1:04)
  • World's Oldest Temple (2:25)
  • Wheat Miracle (5:54)
  • Importance of Farming (1:59)
  • Credits: The Challenger: How to Grow a Planet (0:14)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
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  • 52494s Films Media Group
  • 52497 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (49 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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