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Our planet is populated with amazing animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some have only recently revealed their secrets.

Using the latest findings from cutting-edge science, this fascinating series reveals the remarkable evolutionary traits behind these wonders of the natural world.

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David looks at two species with very different approaches to motherhood – the giant panda and the kiwi. While the panda protects its baby for months after birth, the kiwi produces one single egg that is a fifth of its body mass.

He finds out about two hybrid animals that owe their existence to human interference. The ‘pizzly’ bear is a cross between the polar bear and the grizzly, which has come into being because of global warming, while the killer bee has been brought into existence because of the transfer of African bees to South America.

And David also investigates two very different shells that have proved to be winners in evolution. The ostrich shell is so strong it’s possible for a person to stand on it without it breaking, while tortoise shell, made largely of bone, enables this slowliving creature to survive for hundreds of years.

Combining nature, scientific discovery and history together with stunning footage of animal behaviour, this series reveals yet another collection of fascinating natural curiosities.

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Episode 4, Series 4

Monday October 14 at 6:45am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

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Episode 5, Series 4

Monday October 14 at 7:10am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 5 | Series 4

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Episode 4, Series 4

Monday October 14 at 3:25pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 4 | Series 4

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Episode 5, Series 4

Monday October 14 at 3:50pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 5 | Series 4

Investigation of two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution.

Episode 6, Series 4

Tuesday October 15 at 7:50am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 6 | Series 4

Examining why some species fight and what skills a winner must have.

Episode 6, Series 4

Tuesday October 15 at 3:50pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 6 | Series 4

Examining why some species fight and what skills a winner must have.

Episode 4, Series 4

Saturday October 19 at 8:15am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

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David Attenborough explores whether there is counting in the natural world.

Episode 5, Series 4

Saturday October 19 at 8:40am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 5 | Series 4

Investigation of two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution.

Episode 6, Series 4

Saturday October 19 at 9:05am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 6 | Series 4

Examining why some species fight and what skills a winner must have.

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