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Baby Tales

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Who can resist the magnetic allure of a baby? The presence of little ones of any species invariably generates instant attention and concern from onlookers. In fact, it seems that both humans and animals are hard-wired to find youngsters adorable. The practical and essential reasons why the very young have an ability to play on […]

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Filmmaker’s Diary

In a mountain rainforest on the island of Trinidad, at the narrow entrance to a deep and noxious cave, TRIUMPH OF LIFE series producer Nick Upton and cameraman Jim ClarBatse prepare for an unusual challenge. Several hundred thousand bats, including vampire bats, live in the cave, along with millions of other creatures. When darkness comes, […]

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Brain Power

A Powerful Organ Hearts, eyes, flippers and wings — evolution has forged many remarkable body structures. But none is more amazing than the brain, that bundle of nerve cells that allows us to sense our surroundings, sort out information, and make decisions. Indeed, the great importance of BRAIN POWER to evolution is the subject of […]

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The Mating Game

Gene Swapping Variety is indeed the spice of life. That is the message of THE MATING GAME, Part 2 of NATURE’s six-part TRIUMPH OF LIFE series. It takes a passionate look at the evolution of sex, which allows a species to pass its genes along from generation to generation. Sex is everywhere. Bees do it […]

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Winning Teams

Choreographed Cooperation Life may be a contest in which only the fittest individuals survive, but cooperation has also played a key role in evolution. WINNING TEAMS takes a close look at the alliances that animals have forged — with others of their own kind and very different organisms — in a bid to stay alive. […]

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The Eternal Arms Race

Evolving For Advantage On some ancient battlefield, an early human soldier realized that a sharpened stick could become a deadly spear that would send the terrified enemy scrambling for safety. In response, the defeated soldiers came up with their own innovation: wooden shields that blunted the spears and suddenly turned the tables. It was then […]

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The Four Billion Year War

Triumphant Origins It is perhaps the greatest adventure story ever: how tiny pioneers came to settle on a seething molten ball of dust and gas, and slowly created a cosmic oasis teeming with a seemingly endless variety of life, from microscopic bacteria to whales the size of locomotives. This week, NATURE’s TRIUMPH OF LIFE offers […]

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Overview Despite overwhelming obstacles, life on Earth has evolved from the most humble of beginnings to a level of diversity that challenges human comprehension. The fittest have indeed survived — even in places where no living creatures could be thought to exist. NATURE’s six-part series TRIUMPH OF LIFE presents the remarkable story of evolution and […]