Inside Nature's Giants

January 2015

S3 Ep5 - Leatherback Turtle

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Leatherback Turtle - Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg travel to Florida to dissect the ocean's largest reptile - the leatherback turtle. They uncover the evolutionary mystery of how turtles developed shells to protect themselves from some of the sharpest-toothed predators on the planet. Despite the protection afforded by a shell, turtles face dramatically low odds of survival; possibly only one in every 10,000 eggs makes it to adulthood. Biologist Simon Watt finds out about the type of threats the...

S3 Ep4 - Dinosaur Bird

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Dinosaur Bird - The experts travel to Australia on the trail of a bird that's been described as a living dinosaur. The Cassowary is a gigantic bird with a fearsome reputation. It can be taller and heavier than a full-grown man and is armed with 12-centimetre talons that have actually killed humans. Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg carry out a dissection on a cassowary that was hit by a car. Meanwhile, Simon Watt goes on the trail of its distant cousins to discover the close links with meat-eating ...

S3 Ep1 - Polar Bear Special

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Polar Bear Special - This award-winning series gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet to uncover their evolutionary secrets. In this episode, a team of experts in comparative anatomy and evolutionary biology join Inuit hunters and scientists studying polar bears off the coast of Greenland. Polar bears have become a symbol of climate change as their habitat is threatened. And, at the top of the food chain, they are especially vulnerable to physiological side effects from man-ma...
July 2014

S3 Ep10 - Jungle Special

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Jungle Special - The experts take on their hardest challenge so far, to dissect an entire ecosystem - the jungle. Deep in a rainforest in Borneo they erect a high-tech dissection laboratory to investigate giant bugs and titan trees. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans climbs 60 metres into the canopy to catch the world's largest ants; anatomist Joy Reidenberg heads deep into the forest to catch venomous centipedes and giant moths; and biologist Simon Watt investigates the most sinister organism of ...

S3 Ep9 - Baboon

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Baboon - Veterinary surgeon Mark Evans and anatomist Joy Reidenberg travel to South Africa to dissect their first primate in the series: a huge alpha male baboon that led a band of baboons on a rampage through a Cape Town suburb until the authorities were forced to euthanise him as he grew increasingly violent. Intricate dissection of muscles and tendons reveals how remarkably similar human and baboon hands are. Meanwhile, biologist Simon Watt discovers how these primates have adapted to surviv...

S3 Ep8 - Kangaroo

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Kangaroo - Veterinary surgeon Mark Evans and anatomist Joy Reidenberg head to Australia to dissect its most iconic animal, the kangaroo. They find the marsupials' reproductive organs to be most surprising - the male genitalia is back to front, while the female has three vaginas. Biologist Simon Watt heads into the Blue Mountains with Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson in search of other creatures, including a bird that decorates its nest with an assortment of blue ornaments and a primitive m...

S3 Ep2 - Sperm Whale Special

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Sperm Whale Special - The experts battle through the night against a rising tide to explore the mysteries of the largest predator on Earth: the sperm whale. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and anatomist Joy Reidenberg dissect the whale's enormous organs to reveal the secrets of this 14 metre deep-sea giant. As the team go inside the whale, biologist Simon Watt tracks whales in the Azores, while evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins marvels at the gigantic teeth that have evolved in the lower j...

S3 Ep7 - Hippo

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Hippo - A hippo cull by the authorities in Zambia's Luangwa Valley offers veterinary surgeon Mark Evans and anatomist Joy Reidenberg the opportunity to dissect one of these magnificent animals. They discover the protective functions of the creature's inch-thick skin and confirm its reputation as a gluttonous feeding machine. Biologist Simon Watt searches for hippo dung to find out why these grazers incessantly flick their muck using their short tails, while Richard Dawkins reveals the surprisin...

S3 Ep6 - Racehorse

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Racehorse - The thoroughbred racehorse is one of the greatest athletes on the planet, galloping with incredible speed and stamina for such a large animal. Tonight, the team will explore how this animal has been biologically engineered for speed. They dissect an elite racehorse to reveal the extraordinary spring system that propels it to 70 km/h, its super-sized organs and built in turbo-booster. Simon Watt visits the top breeding centre in Europe to find out how to produce a champion; and Mark ...
June 2014

S3 Ep3 - Camel

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Camel - The experts head deep into the Australian outback to explore the ultimate desert survivor. Veterinary surgeon Mark Evans and anatomist Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert heat to dissect a camel. They uncover the secret of the camel's hump and investigate how its elastic legs, stretchy lips and pedestal are among the many surprising adaptations that enable the camel to thrive in such a hostile environment. Meanwhile, champion camel-jockey Glenda Sutton shows Simon Watt how to break i...