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Bower Bird Blues

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It was one of the biggest breakups in history. More than 40 million years ago, the island continent of Australia snapped free of the vast landmass that included Antarctica and South America and began to drift toward the equator. Cut off from the rest of the world, plant and animal life on the super-island began […]

Extraordinary Dogs

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NATURE takes a close look at a familiar friend with an amazing capacity for love and learning in Extraordinary Dogs. Dogs are anything but common animals. They develop lifelong bonds with the people that take care of them. Sometimes, they instinctively know when a human or animal companion is in trouble and in need of […]

The World of Penguins

Flightless Wonders

In the spring of 1498, seamen sailing with Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama on his historic voyage from Europe to India were astonished to discover a flock of large swimming birds leaping like porpoises from the deep waters off Southern Africa. The remarkable creatures, one sailor wrote, “had a cry resembling the braying of donkeys.” […]

The World of Penguins

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Meet those well-loved, well-dressed flightless birds in THE WORLD OF PENGUINS. We all have an image of penguins gliding on ice at the South Pole — images that come from childhood. But contrary to popular belief penguins live beyond Antarctica, and can be found in New Zealand, southern Africa, and South America. While some species […]

Mask of the Mandrill

Behind the Scenes

Scientific researchers are not the only people who have had trouble moving through the rainforest. Bernard Walton, a BBC producer, spent many months trekking through Gabon while making Mask of the Mandrill. “It can be quite horrendous, especially when it is raining a lot,” Walton says of his travels in the rainforest. “The roads are […]

Mask of the Mandrill

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Not much is known about how mandrills behave in the wild, says Dr. Alan Dixson, a zoologist at Cambridge University and scientific advisor to the NATURE program Mask of the Mandrill. With their vivid blue and red facial and rump accents, mandrills are the most colorful mammals ever found in nature, but they are so […]

The Joy of Pigs

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NATURE’s The Joy of Pigs explores the extraordinary variety and success of these often misunderstood mammals. Pigs may be in vogue today among filmmakers and Beverly Hills society matrons, who stroll around with potbellied porkers while shopping on Rodeo Drive. But this ubiquitous animal has been around since before the Ice Age — and in […]

Victims of Venom

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There are not many people in the world who know more about snakes and snake venom than Bill Haast does. After all, Haast, director of the Miami Serpentarium, has been bitten by venomous snakes more than 160 times — and lived to tell the tale. But, as he points out, those bites occurred over the […]