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Attenborough's life stories by Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough has a remarkable treasure trove of stories following his 60-year career with the BBC. This 3-part series will bring to life some of his most memorable. Also includes: The Ark, David Attenborough chooses ten of the most important, and lesser known, animals he would most like to save from extinction.
Call Number: DVD PN1992.8.N38A88 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors by Where did we come from? What makes us human? NOVA's...investigation explores how new discoveries are transforming views of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, footage shot "in the trenches" as fossils were unearthed, and...computer-generated animation, [these programs] bring early hominids to life, examining how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today...In the first episode...encounter..."Selam," the amazingly complete remains of a 3 million year-old child, packed with clues to why we split from the apes, came down from the trees, and started walking upright...[T]he second episode investigates the riddle of "Turkana Boy" -- a tantalizing fossil of Homo erectus, the first ancestor to leave Africa and colonize the globe...[T]he final episode...explores the origins of "us" -- where modern humans and our capacities for art, invention, and survival came from, and what happened when we encountered the mysterious Neanderthals...
Call Number: DVD GN282.B43 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Darwin: the voyage that shook the world by In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded the HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery that would shake the world. In this expansive documentary the HMS Beagle once again sets sail as it retraces Charles Darwin's voyage in lavish detail, examining his findings and remarkable conclusions--and their implications--in the light of modern knowledge. Filmed in South America, United Kingdom, North America, Australia and Europe, Darwin: The Voyage That Shook The World features dramatic period recreations and stunning cinematography, all interwoven with scholars, scientists and Darwin experts who share differing perspectives on the man and the controversy he stirred.
Call Number: DVD QH31.D2D34 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Dinotasia by The dinosaur gets a makeover and then some in this fantastically groundbreaking documentary. Based on cutting-edge paleontology and the latest fossil records, Dinotasia presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs, both familiar faces and some we have only found out about in the past ten years. The film uses CGI to bring the stories to life, but draws on animation's birth in silent film and early Disney to create proper, traditional visual storytelling. Werner Herzog narrates.
Call Number: DVD QE861.4.D5663 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Life by Four years in the making, and filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, see 130 incredible stories from frontiers of the natural world. Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action: individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment.
Call Number: DVD QH501.L54 2010 (4 discs)
Publication Date: 2010
Life in Cold Blood by Amphibians and reptiles ruled the world for nearly 200 million years, and today there are well over 14,000 species. Ranging from some of the largest, most deadly creatures on Earth to the smallest and strangest, these are some of the most fascinating and dramatic animals on the planet...With breathtaking footage and amazing action photography that proves the cold-blooded world is as passionate, dramatic and bizarre as any on Earth, this definitive series reveals the secrets of the most successful creatures ever to walk - or crawl - on land
Call Number: DVD QL641.L54 2008 (2 discs)
Publication Date: 2008
Miracle Planet by The planet Earth was born out of chaos and disaster - and completely by chance. Episode 1 transports us to this breathtaking genesis, the violent past that created the fragile conditions for life itself. The last ice age ended only a few thousand years ago, but there were earlier periods when the entire world was frozen, periods known as Snowball Earth. For billions of years, life existed only in the Earth's oceans. But about 350 million years ago, some of those earliest life forms began to explore New Frontiers on land. There was a moment in Earth's history, about 250 million years ago, when all life nearly disappeared from the planet. Scientists now believe the cause was an eruption of the Earth's molten core that triggered global climate change. The resulting drop in oxygen levels allowed dinosaurs to rise to supremacy because of their respiratory systems. But in the Earth's continuing cycle of Extinction and Rebirth, they too would suffer a catastrophic end some 150 million years later. Episode 5 walks us down the incredible pathway that has brought humans to their dominant position on the planet and openly questions our role in the future development of life on Earth.
Call Number: DVD QE501.M57 2005 (5 discs)
Publication Date: 2005
Nature's Most Amazing Events by Each season, as the ever-thinning Arctic ice recedes, polar bears face a daunting challenge; Grizzly bears in British Columbia must use ingenuity and fancy footwork to collect their catch; The annual rains of the Serengeti draw in the greatest concentration of large animals on Earth; Each year, billions of sardines flood South Africa's east coast creating an action-packed feeding frenzy; Thousands of animals make the long trek toward the life saving annual flood of Botswana's Okavango Delta; The annual plankton boom of Alaska's coastal waters attracts humpback whales and sea lions, who must avoid predatory killer whales.
Call Number: DVD QL751.N38 2009 (2 discs)
Publication Date: 2009
Planet Earth by Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field 200 locations, this blockbuster 11-part television series takes the viewer on an unforgettable journey with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures from the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats.
Disc 1. From pole to pole (introduction): Looks at our planet as a whole and considers key factors that have shaped its natural history. -- Mountains: A tour of Earth's mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain. Includes some of the most reclusive creatures on the planet and the secrets of their survival. -- Fresh water: Follows the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea and showcases the unique and dramatic wildlife found within Earth's unexplored waters.
Disc 2. Caves: Discover astonishing crystals, cave angel fish, the five million bats of Deer Cave (Borneo), and weird troglodytes. -- Deserts: Deserts make up a staggering 30 percent of the land's surface may seem empty and lifeless, yet they are the most varied of earth's ecosystems. -- Ice worlds: The advance and retreat of polar ice is the real challenge to life from Antarctica to the Arctic.
Disc 3. Great Plains: From the baking savannahs of Africa to the frozen tundra of the Arctic, discover the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth. -- Jungles: Jungles are the most productive places on Earth, but surviving in the jungle is far from easy. -- Shallow seas: Follow a humpback whale mother and calf on an epic journey from tropical coral paradises, where the new-born calf takes his first faltering breaths, to the storm-ravaged icy polar seas, the whales' great feeding grounds.
Disc 4. Seasonal forests: From the evergreen forests of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics, these woodlands illustrate the intense seasonality of the Earth and are home to a fascinating range of wildlife. -- Ocean deep: From rapier-billed predator sailfish to the exquisitely shelled Nautilus and the threatened blue whale, this journey into the most unexplored part of the planet reveals the extraordinary survivors of this immense and barren realm.
Disc 5. Saving species: Looks at the reasons behind declining numbers of particular animals, and questions whether we face an extinction crisis, as well as how we choose which species we want to conserve. -- Into the wilderness: Why uninhabited expanses such as the Bialowieza forest, the Gobi desert and the Arctic tundra are important for human survival as well as that of all creatures on the planet. -- Living Together: The history of conservation and how conservation can fit into a world driven by economics and development. Looks at the challenges facing conservation in the 21st Century, as well as the role of religion in promoting a moral and ethical approach to the world we live in.
Call Number: DVD QH75.P57 2007 (5 discs)
Publication Date: 2007