Modern Marvels

Nature's Engineers 2

Season 12, Ep 4, Aired 1/18/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Think man is unique within the animal kingdom? You might not after this hour that features an amazing collection of earth's non-human inhabitants that use tools, build intricate structures, create traps to capture prey, and perform complex procedures, including farming. From Egyptian vultures utilizing stones to crack open hard-shelled ostrich eggs to chimpanzees using a "tool kit" to extract termites from their nests, we learn that our ability to create tools is not exclusive. Other mammals create subterranean structures, including those prodigious diggers Prairie Dogs, and many animals and insects make devices to augment hunting, such as the Ogre-faced Spider that spins a small web to throw down on unsuspecting passersby. And we're not the only ones to work as a unified, multi-skilled force. Aphid-Raising Ants protect and care for herds of plant juice-sucking aphids that they "milk".moreless

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    • Raymond Mendez Museum Animal Exhibits, Designer Candace Sclimenti Primate Keeper, Los Angeles Zoo Nancy A. Bunn Primate Keeper, Los Angeles Zoo Michael Dee General Curator, Los Angeles Zoo Shawnee Riplog-Peterson Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Charles Griswold, PhD Arachnologist, California Academy of Sciences Martin G. Ramirez Biology Professor, Loyola Marymount University Norman D. Penny, PhD Entomologist, California Academy of Sciences George Montgomery Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum James Evans Biologist, California Academy of Sciences

    • This episode is also known as "More Nature's Engineers".

    • Mike Hansell, PhD Author, "Animal Architecture" Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Richard Jones Producer: Richard Jones Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Danielle Parsons Editor: Barney Robinson Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Alan Ett Music Group Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Anthony Lacques Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: John Knapp Researcher: Sean Heckman Researcher: Tom Barclay Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Mario Benassi Camera: Peter Krajewski Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Richaed Neill Camera: Rick Nyburg Camera: James Scott Camera: Nathan Shelton Camera: William Zide Field Audio: James Scott Field Audio: Liam Dalzell Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Bart Roen Historical Consultant: Raymond Mendez Special Thanks: Mario Benassi Thomas Eisner Steve Gulick Mike Hansell John Hoogland Wendall Icenogle Nader Khalili Los Angeles Zoo Jason Orfanon Crickette Sanz Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2005

    Trivia (4)

    • It takes hornbill couples an average of 3 to 7 days to seal up the front of their nest cavitites. Depending on the species, females can reamin inside for 3 to 4 months.

    • Most spiders have a life span of one or two years. Thanks in part to their slower metabolisms, trapdoor spiders can live up to twenty years.

    • The name given to naked mole-rats is misleading. They are in fact more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs than to either moles or rats.

    • The stones used by some chimpanzees to crack nuts are similar to the chopping tools used by our human ancestors more than 2.5 million years ago.

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