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Inside Nature's Giants [DVD]
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The Bafta® award-winning series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet. Most wildlife documentaries show how animals behave, but by exploring their anatomy, Inside Nature's Giants reveals how these creatures really work.
Veterinary scientist Mark Evans is joined by a team of experts in anatomy, evolution and behaviour to put some of the most popular and enigmatic large animals under the knife: an elephant, crocodile, whale and giraffe.
Evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins will show how anatomy provides proof of natural selection, biologist Simon Watt looks at how the human body matches up, whilst Mark Evans shows the animals in action. All aided by enthusiastic, scalpel-wielding anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who loves nothing more than being knee deep in a dissection.
Inside Nature’s Giants delves under the skin of these magnificent beasts to look at their unique anatomy and reveal the secrets of their evolutionary past. This is natural history as you’ve never seen it before--from the inside out.
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The four species of animal are examined both inside and out, clearly demonstrating how they have evolved to fill their current ecological niche. There is nothing gratuitous in these films, they are not gory; there is only a clinical examination of each animal with appropriate footage of it in its natural environment demonstrating the benefit of its evolutionary developments in the wild; each adaptation being clearly explained by a relevant expert.
Very good filming, very good commentary and a very competent team of scientists. One of my best purchases, I look forward both to the book and the next series.
`Inside Nature's Giants' is an inspired idea which has been brilliantly realised. It's hardcore science without being stuffy. It's full of facts but does not patronise. It treats the viewer as if we might have an attention span of longer than 30 seconds, and doesn't shy away from tackling complex concepts and structures. If you have any interest at all in biology, anatomy and animal evolution then you'll find these four programmes fascinating.
However, if you are squeamish then you should not watch this series! Each programme is essentially an autopsy of an unusual animal which examines its internal organs and structures, to explain how they work and how they developed in that way. There's blood and guts, bad smells (in the studio... not at home!) and discussion in blunt terms of what can be delicate subjects. It's a bit like `Your Life In Their Hands' used to be, but more graphic. The adorable anatomist (she's so keen it's impossible not to like her) literally wades into some animals, hacking and sawing to get through skin, bone and tendons to show us the interesting stuff. Most of the studio crew spend each programme up to their elbows in goop - small children will probably love it...
Each dissection is accompanied and enhanced by footage of live animals and CGI segments. These animate the anatomy which has just been uncovered, so we can see how a particular section of musculature, pipework or bone structure actually works in a living animal.Read more ›
A very worthwhile purchase that will be watched and rewatched again and again.
It takes the best 4 dissections and has them all in this one dvd.
i would recommend this dvd to people who are interested in the mechanisms and physiology of animals. Not for the screamish though!!
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Brilliant DVD, wish there was more like this around for the budding Vet/Animal loversPublished 12 months ago by Mrs M.
Extremely well done and informative. Very graphic but also equally explanatory. A must have for any one in to animal sciences. My order also arrived very quickly from the seller. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brager Vicario