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Nose for survival

Duration: 01:00

Saiga are one of the less familiar faces of the ice age scene. Like musk oxen, saiga antelope have a thick winter coat of hollow hairs for extra insulation. But they have another adaptation all of their own: an enormous bulbous nose. The oddly shaped nose contains large air sacs which prewarm the cold air when breathing in and retain precious moisture when breathing out. This made saiga well able to withstand the extreme dry cold climate of ice age Beringia. Nowadays, they are only found on the steppes of central Asia, another bleak, cold environment.

Available since: Thu 21 Jan 2010

Credits

Presenter
Neil NIGHTINGALE
Producer
Miles BARTON
Narrator
Jack FORTUNE
Camera Operator
John BROWN

This clip is from

Wild New World LAND OF THE MAMMOTH

1st of 6 part series revealing the spectacular wildlife of North America as the first people to enter the continent would have seen it.

First broadcast: 03 Oct 2002

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