The Resource The life of mammals : Insect Hunters, narrated by David Attenborough

The life of mammals : Insect Hunters, narrated by David Attenborough

Label
The life of mammals : Insect Hunters
Title
The life of mammals
Title remainder
Insect Hunters
Statement of responsibility
narrated by David Attenborough
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When mammals first appeared, insects were abundant on earth, and mammals made meals of them. Crucially, they were the first creatures able to make and regulate their own body heat, so they could hunt insects in the cool of the night, when most of the predatory dinosaurs were asleep.The modern musk shrew gives us an insight into how these first mammals might have lived. After the dinosaurs so suddenly disappeared, the mammals were free to conquer new territories. We meet shrews that dive under water, moles that swim in sand, and extraordinary creatures that gather their prey by running at speed down trail systems above and below ground. It{u2019}s hard to sustain a large body by catching insects one by one but about 50 million years ago, some of them broadened their diet. The hedgehogs and armadillos mix their insects with fruit and birds eggs. Halfway through the history of the mammals, insects started to build huge nests, protected with walls of baked mud {u2013} these were impenetrable to any creature of the time. But with pangolins and giant anteaters, the mammals rose to the challenge.These spectacular animals survive entirely on a diet of social ants and termites {u2013} they have the biggest claws of any mammals, long tongues and the ability to protect themselves against angry insects and large predators. But many of the insects could fly and were out of reach for ground dwelling mammals. But way back in mammalian history {u2013} probably when the dinosaurs still roamed {u2013} one mammal took to the air. Today, the earth holds a bewildering array of insect eating bats. We even meet one {u2013} the Natterers bat {u2013} that can take spiders from their webs without becoming tangled in the silk. And another, in New Zealand, that has retraced it{u2019}s origins and returned to the ground to forage like a shrew. The insect eating mammals were there at the very beginning of the mammal{u2019}s and are still thriving today, they are one of the great success stories in The Life of Mammals
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
representational
Credits note
Series producer Mike Salisbury
Date time place
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2002
Label
The life of mammals : Insect Hunters, narrated by David Attenborough
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1079777
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (51 min.)
File format
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1079777
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29863247
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
kanopy79778
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
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