Born in the Wild is a new four-part documentary series which explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. Presented by anatomist Professor Joy Reidenberg and vet Mark Evans, each program focuses on four different species - elephant, dolphin, kangaroo and orangutan - and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find, fight for and woo the opposite sex. They also explore how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
Discover how our species faced near extinction in Africa, and then found a place to rebuild. Explore the birth of language and art at archeological excavations scientists are now calling the cradle of the human mind.
Serious and reputable scientists now believe that it is technically possibly to clone or "de-extinct" a whole range of animals, including the woolly mammoth - Jurassic Park style - within the next five to seven years. This involves major advances in the study of and the manipulation of ancient DNA, and in cloning.
Immortality beckons - the animals must find a mate. There is dancing, colour, flamboyance and intimacy. But getting a mate requires courage and commitment in the face of deception, hostility and violence.
In this new 3-part documentary series, Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science.
Our host, Bill Nye, discusses the torturous process by which scientists came to understand that inherited information is passed according to certain rules, rather than transmitted through a blending of fluids.
In the final programme of Body In Numbers we look at the whole sweep of our body's journey through life, how it keeps going and what it's capable of producing during the course of our life. We unravel the fabric of what makes up our body, revealing that there's enough phosphorus in us to make over two thousand match-heads, that our body contains 35lbs of carbon, enough for 9,000 pencils and that each of us contains uranium.
The animals' own survival is no longer the only thing that matters. Parents must keep their offspring safe too. The winners will leave their descendants as living proof of their success in the great game of life.
An animal must now win its own secure space in the world. Competition is intense. But finding a home is just the start of an animal's problems. It must be prepared to defend it from all comers, whatever it takes.
This fascinating documentary series explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. This episode, Joy and Mark are in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth - the pouch-wearing Marsupials.
Mark travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat. Evans wants to find non-lethal solutions to keep people - and sharks - safe.
Mark travels to the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay, where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He arrives in the town of Churchill hours after an attack has left two people seriously injured and a bear dead.
Veterinarian Mark Evans uses technology to tackle three deadly predators: the great white shark, crocodile and polar bear. When these animals attack humans, both sides lose. As more people are killed or maimed, more animals are killed in retaliation. Evans wants to find ways to break this circle of violence and protect both humans and animals. Follow him as he tries out ingenious high-tech solutions to the most hostile wildlife conflicts on earth.
Told from the perspective of individual animals, this series follows the journey from birth to parenthood. At this early stage random chance often determines who survives. This is a time to learn fast., to find ways to turn the odds in your favour.
How did we become our planet's only global species? Learn how our ancestors found a way through the deserts and out of Africa. Explore the meeting of Neanderthals and humans. And discover how we survived the Ice Age.
We are all human, we are all fallible and we all make mistakes. And there's nothing we can do about that - or is there? Dr Kevin Fong investigates how the latest science is revolutionising our understanding of what it is to be human, and holding out the hope of making us all less fallible when it really matters - from cutting-edge neuroscience to new discoveries about how our brains deal with stress and pressure.
The second episode of this unique scientific study reveals the wild side of pet cats. Using GPS trackers and cat cameras, they show how these felines transform from pampered pet to purring predator as soon as they leave the cat flap.
Aloof. Disdainful. Vicious. Or friendly, fluffy balls of fur who just want to be loved. Opinions on cats tend to differ though one thing is sure - they occupy a very special place in the hearts of many. But how much do we really know about them? Making use of the latest bespoke technology, this fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of this often-misunderstood species.
Once shot to the brink of extinction wild wolves are now returning to the United States with a vengeance. They are crossing the Canadian border and tension is mounting. A team of biologists track down these top predators to find if there is something special about these wolves that are helping them survive.
This documentary series explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom. This episode, Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of our closest cousins - the orangutan.
Charles Darwin's theories radically changed the way we view the evolution of man. Other top discoveries in evolution include the Burgess Shale fossils that provide a snapshot of ancient life and the KT Asteroid which caused the demise of the dinosaurs.
Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard sets out on an incredible personal quest to follow the route of his ancestors in a 200,000-year migration from Africa to Europe. Becoming the first human ever to trace his genes' journey, this spectacular global travelogue starts with a sample of Eddie's DNA.
This new three-part series shines a light into some of the stranger corners of science by uncovering myths and beliefs about the evolutionary benefits of cheating, the real science of palm reading and poses the question; are human breasts the storehouses for toxic chemicals? Each episode reveals a fascinating, sometimes awkward, and frequently unsettling world where peculiar ideas are put to the test.
Neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman steers this ground breaking journey to the very centre of our brains. Showcasing the latest real-time and computer-generated images of the brain and cutting edge CGI and graphic technology, viewers are taken on the journey of a lifetime.
In 1972, a study was conducted in the U.K that claimed 30% non-paternity, which means one in three children were not biologically related to the man they call Dad. Could this really be true? This program conducts the first ever purpose designed paternity poll, asking some truly awkward questions. It compare rates of paternity uncertainty in Australia and the United States, and follows parents and children as they discover the truth behind who's their father.
Don't Grow Old asks if ageing is something we can prevent or whether wrinkles are just a matter of time. For centuries scientists have been attempting to come up with an elixir of youth. Now remarkable discoveries are suggesting that ageing is something flexible that can ultimately be manipulated.
This program will offer a very unique look at the complex and mysterious working body. From babies to adults, men to women, athlete to musical prodigy, the science behind the body's amazing feats are revealed. Why do opposites attract? What extraordinary sensory abilities do athletes like Michael Jordan, musicians like Ray Charles and food aficiondos like Craig Claiborne have which allow them to excel like no other in their craft? How do the brain's one billion nerve cells somehow make chewing go faster when there's music in the air?
We set out to discover the biological reasons why humans eat such a range of diverse tasting dishes, and watch while contestants at a chilli eating contest push their taste buds to the limit. Compared to many animals, humans have a try anything once attitude to food and this has allowed us to populate every corner of the planet, while many other animals depend totally on one food source for their energy, which limits where they can survive.