Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 4

Nature's Engineers 2

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 2005 on The History Channel
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Nature's Engineers 2
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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      • 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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      • 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

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