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Discover some of the most amazing natural constructions, from beaver dams to weaver bird nests, then meet the builders and discover their architectural skills.
Animal skins, scales, feathers and furs are hi-tech protective coverings that we have only recently come to appreciate. How are feathers like zips, scales like chain mail and how do animals change color to fit in with their surroundings? This program answers these and other questions, using graphics and macro-photography to show the structure and complexity of animal coverings in amazing detail.
Humans invented axes and knives because their own teeth and nails were too weak to tear through the tough hides of animals. Lions and hyenas have powerful claws and teeth to rip flesh and crush the bones of their prey. Discover the ways in which different animals have developed their own tools to eat, fight and defend themselves.
Whether to escape from a predator, catch food or find mates, locomotion is more than just a walk in the park. The methods that animals use to get around are amazingly diverse, from the minute flicking cilia of zooplankton to the 6ft legs of giraffes. This program examines the mechanisms that animals use to move around on land, through water and in the air.