The Wonders Of Vertebrate Life Series, for High School & College

The Wonders Of Vertebrate Life Series, for High School & College
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Features of Fish
This colorful, lively video explores the fascinating features of fishes. The major characteristics of this widely diverse group of vertebrates are described through the use of live-action video. Special attention…
The Life of Birds
Birds are a vertebrate group with which we are all familiar. This beautiful and colorful video explores the major characteristics, adaptations, and life cycles of this group of animals. Special…
Magnificent Mammals
We are all familiar with common examples of mammals such as cats, dogs, and horses. Humans are also mammals. This action-packed program illustrates the common characteristics of mammals while also…
Amazing Amphibians and Reptiles
This colorful, fascinating program explores the amazing features of amphibians and reptiles. The major characteristics of these two vertebrate groups are highlighted from vivid video footage captured throughout the world.…
The Classification of Organisms
For thousands of years scientists have named and categorized the vast array of life on Earth. This video program highlights the major advances concerning the classification of life, more specifically…

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It Ain't Easy Being Green - Iguana Population Growth in the Caribbean
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and…
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The Origin of Life
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