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Down to Earth

Secrets of Bones Episode 2 of 6

Evolutionary biologist and master skeleton builder Ben Garrod discovers how the skeleton has adapted for vertebrates to move on land in a remarkable number of ways. They can swing through the trees, slide on the forest floor, dig through dark subterranean worlds and run at speed across the savannahs. Ben explores the role of the spine in both cheetahs and snakes, shows how adaptations to the pentadactyl limb have helped gibbons and horses thrive and how one unique bone in the animal kingdom has been puzzling scientists for years.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 26 Feb 2014 02:15

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterBen Garrod
Series ProducerAaron Paul
Executive ProducerJonny Keeling
ProducerSue Doody
DirectorSue Doody

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About the presenter

Secrets of Bones: Presenter Ben Garrod

Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist who loves bones.

About the graphics

Secrets of Bones: Graphics

Creative director Neil Harris helped show the skeleton from the inside out

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