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Into the Air

Episode 3 of 6

Ben Garrod finds out how the skeleton has allowed vertebrates to take to the air, why the pigeon is an exceptional flier and how the albatross makes huge migrations.

Ben Garrod finds out how the skeleton has allowed vertebrates to do the most remarkable thing of all - take to the air. He discovers why the humble pigeon is such an exceptional flier, uncovers bony secrets as to how the albatross makes mammoth migrations and finds out why some birds have dense bones. Finally, he reveals which surprising flier is his 'ultimate'.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 6 May 2020 19:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:20

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    Matilda (Radio 1's Big Weekend 2015)

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Ben Garrod
Series Producer Aaron Paul
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Producer Ingrid Kvale
Director Ingrid Kvale

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About presenter Ben Garrod

About presenter Ben Garrod

Ben is an evolutionary biologist who loves bones.

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With creative director Neil Harris.