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Challenges of Life

Challenges of Life

In nature, living long enough to breed is a monumental struggle. Many animals and plants go to extremes to give themselves a chance.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and amphibians look like hang-overs from the past. But they overcome their shortcomings through amazing innovation.

Mammals

Mammals

Mammals dominate the planet. They do it through having warm blood and by the care they lavish on their young.

Fish

Fish

Fish dominate the planet's waters through their astonishing variety of shape and behaviour.

Birds

Birds

Birds owe their global success to feathers - something no other animal has. They allow birds to do extraordinary things.

Insects

Insects

There are 200 million insects for each of us. They are the most successful animal group ever. Their key is an armoured covering that takes on almost any shape.

Hunters and Hunted

Hunters and Hunted

Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted.

Creatures of the Deep

Creatures of the Deep

Marine invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, and thrive in the toughest parts of the oceans.

Plants

Plants

Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's.

Primates

Primates

Primates are just like humans - intelligent, quarrelsome, family-centred.

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David Attenborough looks at the extraordinary ends to which animals and plants go in order to survive. Featuring epic spectacles, amazing TV firsts and examples of new wildlife behaviour.