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Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

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"David Attenborough explores the origin of Darwin's great idea and makes a powerful case for the importance of the science of evolution."--BBC web site.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ape to Man

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The video chronicles the discoveries and theories that have led to our current understanding of evolution, including discarded postualtes, an elaborate hoax that baffled science and the key elements that separate man from ape.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Joy of Science: Part V

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"These lucid, information-packed lectures convey the excitement of scientific discovery and trace the connections between discoveries over time. In this course, veteran science educator Robert Hazen renders the most complex ideas simple and memorable, without ever being simplistic"--www.teach12.com.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Prime Time Primates [electronic resource]

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Alan Alda takes the viewer from a Rhesus monkey preserve on a Puerto Rican Island to the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta to the Duke University lemur sanctuary to demonstrate behavioral links between all species of primates, including humans. Primate researchers such as Frans de Waal are interviewed, and species such as lemurs, chimpanzees, and humans are shown demonstrating various qualities such as learning skills, aggression, and sharing.
Online
2005; 1995
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 1 the Four Billion Year War [electronic resource]

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In a battle for survival that lasts 4 billion years, the odds against any one species are incredibly long. And yet, life on the planet is overwhelmingly rich and diverse. Exploring this paradox, this program takes a penetrating look at the process of evolution and the basic force behind it - genes.
Online
2005; 2001
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 2 the Mating Game [electronic resource]

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Sex is the key to the immortality of genes, and any tactic necessary will be deployed in the cause of reproduction - even if its suicidal to the participant. This episode explores many of the most ingenious, complex and dramatic methods of ensuring the continuation of a species.
Online
2005; 2001
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 3 the Eternal Arms Race [electronic resource]

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Since the dawn of life, an evolutionary arms race has imbued predator and prey with increasingly sophisticated weaponry. Teeth and jaws are merely the low-tech side of the struggle. Bats have evolved sonar, and moths have devised a way to jam it; squid create smoke screens, caterpillars concoct poisons and the race escalates from eon to eon.
Online
2005; 2001
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 4 Winning Teams [electronic resource]

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Life may be a contest in which only the fittest individuals survive, but cooperation has also played a key role in evolution. WINNING TEAMS takes a close look at the alliances that animals have forged -- with others of their own kind and very different organisms -- in a bid to stay alive. In fact, teamwork occurs everywhere, from flocks of birds and herds of wildebeest to colonies of ants and termites.
Online
2005; 2001
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Triumph of Life: Vol. 5 Brain Power [electronic resource]

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The growing study of animal intelligence - from the use of tools by chimps to the apparent ability of many species to communicate among themselves in ingenious way - casts a vibrant new light on the role of the mind in evolution. Brain power, in fact, has led to some to the most fascinating innovations in the evolutionary arms race
Online
2005; 2001
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Evolution and Phylogenetics [electronic resource]

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Illustrates how molecular techniques are now combined with fossil evidence to explore relationships in organisms from whales to anthrax.
Online
2003
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Human Evolution [electronic resource]

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Examines mitochondrial Eve and other fossil clues that increasingly point to Africa as the point of origin of our species. Discusses how humans replaced their hominid cousins, including Neanderthal, leaving the chimpanzee as our closest living relative.
Online
2003
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The Microbial Universe [electronic resource]

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Introduces the dynamic world of microorganisms, and the hypothesis that only one percent of the currently existing species have been classified. Discusses recent genetic studies that conclude that all other life forms depend on microbial metabolic activity.
Online
2000
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Evolution and the Tree of Life [electronic resource]

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Explores the theory of evolution by comparing species that exist today. Studies their relationships to one another and provides evidence of common origins.
Online
2003
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Sexual and Asexual Reproduction [electronic resource]

All forms of life, from the simple to the highly complex, possess not only the ability but the instinct to reproduce. This program gives an introduction to the basic biological concepts involved with sexual and asexual reproduction. Starting at the cellular level, the video distinguishes between reproduction that occurs sexually, in an exchange of genetic material between two organisms, and asexually, in which organisms produce offspring with a genetic makeup identical to the parent. Several plant and animal examples are included, as are clear explanations of meiosis and mitosis. The various evolutionary benefits and disadvantages of both types of reproduction are also examined.
Online
2012
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Life From Light [electronic resource]

It was plants that first harnessed light from the sun to create a life-giving atmosphere, transforming a barren rock into the lush world we know today. In this program, geologist Iain Stewart journeys from a spectacular rain forest growing inside a cave to remote African deserts to explore the crucial role of the plant kingdom in the development of life on Earth. He also uncovers the epic battle between the dinosaurs and the planet's tallest trees, explains why plants are green and oceans are no longer purple, uses electron microscopy to show plants breathing, and provides photographic evidence of plants signaling other plants of danger - captured here on film for the first time.
Online
2012
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The Challenger [electronic resource]

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.
Online
2012
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The Power of Flowers [electronic resource]

What did flowering plants have to do with the evolution of primates and other mammals? In this program, geologist Iain Stewart travels to New Caledonia to discuss what made the first blooms so revolutionary, why they were able to thrive on the new continents birthed from Pangaea, and how the development of special traits helped flowers to recolonize Earth after a disastrous asteroid impact. In addition, an ultraviolet-spectrum camera reveals flowers the way insects see them, and Stewart explains the coevolution of insects, seeds, and pollination, and what the development of fruit meant for the optical abilities of the earliest primates.
Online
2012
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Air [electronic resource]: World's Weirdest

This video takes us to the sky to catch up with bizarre birds and other airborne creatures you wouldn't want to bump into at night, or any other time. The sky isn't just for the birds - it's home to lovers and fighters, parasites and predators. These are the world's weirdest flyers: the freaks of the sky. To leave the earthbound world behind takes lift, direction, strength, and nerves of steel. Whether jumping, gliding, hovering, or flying, these animals make defying gravity looks easy. Meet the flying squirrel and other remarkable creatures. This episode reveals the world's weirdest air bourne creatures as we learn that the sky is not just for the birds.
Online
2010
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Freaks on Land [electronic resource]: World's Weirdest

In the animal kingdom, there's no shortage of creepy, bizarre creatures who crawl on this planet. They range from horned lizards, who shoot blood from their eyes in self-defense to creatures that raise their offspring in the carcasses of dead animals. Some creatures are so bizarre they defy imagination. Komodo dragons use a sixth sense, a 'smell-o-vision' from the roof of their mouth, to seek out prey and cannibal black widow spiders sense movement with their feet. The female preying mantis bites off her mate's head during sex. Hedgehogs will munch on cigarettes and bathe in oil in order to be crossed off the menu for predators.
Online
2010
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Water [electronic resource]: World's Weirdest

Dive deep into the realm of creepy aquatic creatures to uncover the world's most bizarre water-dwelling tenants. Among them, a fish with a transparent head shows off everything it's got. Hermaphrodite flatworms battle to determine which among them will be male or female. A master-of-disguise octopus camouflages itself as a rock, a plant and even as a snake, to capture prey or elude pursuit. A lizard literally walks on water, while a fish "walks" on dry land to find a mate, and that's just for starters. Join us as we take a deep dive into the realm of creepy aquatic creatures and surfaces with its most bizarre denizens.
Online
2010