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Wonders of Vertebrate Life


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Specifically designed for a high school/introductory college science course, this 5-part series highlights key topics in the biological sciences and will help instructors teach difficult to understand concepts. The programs utilize digital videography and detailed animations.


  • Amazing Amphibians and Reptiles

    This colorful, fascinating program explores the amazing features of amphibians and reptiles. The major characteristics of these two vertebrate groups are highlighted from vivid video footage captured throughout the world. Special attention is also paid to the fascinating features of specific examples of amphibians and reptiles. Concepts and terminology include: frog, toad, salamander, metamorphosis, double loop circulatory system, Anura, Urodela, Apoda, scales, ectothermic, amniotic egg, dinosaurs, Rhynchocephalia, Tuatara, Chelonia, Squamata, and Crocodilia.

    Length: 00:19:47
    Usage rights: 8/15/2014 to 8/21/2020
  • Features of Fish

    This colorful, lively video explores the fascinating features of fishes. The major characteristics of this widely diverse group of vertebrates are described through the use of live-action video. Special attention is paid to the major groups of fishes and their unique features. Concepts and terminology include: ectothermic, scales, swim bladder, olfactory lobe, lateral line, gills, anadromous, ichthyologist, agnatha, lamprey, hagfish, chondrichthyes, cartilage, shark, skate, ray, osteichthyes, lobe-finned fishes, lungfishes, and ray-finned fishes.

    Length: 00:20:32
    Usage rights: 8/15/2014 to 8/21/2020
  • Magnificent Mammals

    We are all familiar with common examples of mammals such as cats, dogs, and horses. Humans are also mammals. This action-packed program illustrates the common characteristics of mammals while also exploring some of the major mammalian groups. Terminology and concepts include: body hair, endothermic, mammary glands, cerebrum, differentiated teeth, monotremes, marsupials, placental mammals, rodents, Lagomorphs, Chiroptera, ungulates, Artiodactyla, Perissodactyla, Carnivora, Cetacea, and primates.

    Length: 00:20:11
    Usage rights: 8/15/2014 to 8/21/2020
  • The Classification of Organisms

    For thousands of years scientists have named and categorized the vast array of life on Earth. This video program highlights the major advances concerning the classification of life, more specifically focusing on current trends in systematics and taxonomy. Concepts and terminology include: scientific name, binomial nomenclature, taxa, domains, Archea, Bacteria, Eukarya, evolutionary, relationships, systematic biology, phylogeny, and taxonomy. Vocabulary words such as taxa, domains, evolutionary, phylogeny, and others are introduced and defined with onscreen graphics and computer animations, while excellent nature footage provides examples for the concepts discussed.

    Length: 00:21:03
    Usage rights: 8/15/2014 to 8/21/2020
  • The Life of Birds

    Birds are a vertebrate group with which we are all familiar. This beautiful and colorful video explores the major characteristics, adaptations, and life cycles of this group of animals. Special emphasis is paid to the features that enable birds to fly. Vivid footage from throughout the world also illustrates some of the major groups of birds. Concepts and terminology include: flight, wings, contour feathers, down feathers, endothermic, crop, gizzard, four-chambered heart, amniotic egg, albumin, yolk, incubation, Archaeopteryx, Passeriformes, Piciformes, Charadriiformes, Falconiformes, and Anseriformes.

    Length: 00:20:14
    Usage rights: 8/15/2014 to 8/21/2020



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