The Shape of Life (2002)

Genres - Science & Technology, Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Animals, Biological Sciences  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis

"The Survival Game" (Part 5) looks at why mollusks have been around for 500 million years. "Their body plan adapts, " says narrator Peter Coyote, "endlessly and ingeniously." Abalones, moon snails and cockles developed feet. For the nautilus it was a buoyant shell, and for the squid it was speed (Coyote calls it a "natural rocket). Then there's the octopus, which can change it's color, texture and shape. The reason: it has a superior brain. (Who knew?)

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animal, biology, evolution, origins, adaptation [animals], animal-behavior, genetics, organisms, paleontology, sea-life