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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Conclusion. Echinoderms such as sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers may not have brains (and they eat sand) but they're "The Ultimate Animal." This hour uses stop-motion photography to follow echinoderms, which have been around for 500 million years, as they interact with each other (i.e., engage in a turf war) and seek out food more elusive than sand. They can be fierce predators (one is seen devouring a mussel), but they have few natural enemies. One reason, says narrator Peter Coyote: "They taste bad."

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