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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 6, Series 2

Monday March 1 at 11:15pm

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Episode 6 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough explores how plants and animals use electrical signals to communicate.

Episode 2, Series 4

Saturday March 6 at 4:10pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 2 | Series 4

The dung beetle uses the sun, the moon and the Milky Way to move in the right direction.

Episode 3, Series 4

Saturday March 13 at 4:20pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 3 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough examines animals with extreme young, including the panda and the kiwi.

Episode 7, Series 2

Monday March 15 at 11:15pm

Life On Ice

Episode 7 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough explores how some animals survive conditions so cold, they seem to defy the laws of nature.

Episode 4, Series 4

Saturday March 20 at 4:05pm

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 4 | Series 4

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

Episode 8, Series 2

Monday March 22 at 11:15pm

Spinners And Weavers

Episode 8 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough explores the processes behind the building of complex animal structures.

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