Could the Yeti really exist, or is it just a popular legend? Anthropologist and primate expert, Dr Anna Nekaris, will be explaining how you find unknown animals, looking at examples of new species of primate still being discovered today, and exploring the likelihood of the Yeti's existence. She will also bring us up-to-date with recent research into unidentified hairs reportedly taken from a Yeti-like creature in India.
“The charismatic orang-utan and the singing, swinging gibbon are threatened by logging, oil palm, the illegal pet trade and forest fires. But more people are learning how they can help our primate cousins, so the situation is not all bleak. Dr Susan Cheyne will discuss what we know about these wonderful creatures, and how they can be protected”
What impacts do domestic cats have on wild bird populations? Despite being fed regularly by their owners, a proportion of domestic cats will still hunt wild prey. Join Becky Dulieu as she investigates whether this predatory behaviour is contributing to the decline of wild bird populations
Dr Mike Bonsall provides an insight into the lifestyles of the minibeast. By focussing on the diversity of insects we find in our own gardens, he will look in particular at ‘pest insects’ and how we can use bugs to control bugs.
Over the last half million years, Britain has experienced extreme variations in climate, switching from “Ice Ages” to warmer times when hippos wallowed in the Thames.
‘Continental flood basalt’ eruptions are examples of volcanic ‘super-eruptions’. They can smother hundreds of thousands of square miles in red-hot molten rock, create stacks of lava over a mile thick and spew out mind-boggling quantities of toxic gas. Dr Mike Widdowson investigates the geological record for past eruptions, and speculates upon what might happen if such super-eruptions were to occur today – after all, it’s only a matter of time before the next one blows!
The future of the Earth's climate looks bleak - new research points to higher temperatures, bigger storms, more floods and the drowning of coastal towns and cities across the planet. Prof Bill McGuire, head of Europe's leading academic hazard research centre, explains that if we are to stop it from happening we may have less than 10 years to do something about it.
Pandemic flu and the end of the human race? When bird flu finds a human host, the death rate is higher than in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic (which killed nearly 40 million people).
Humans are very closely related to the other apes, and share many aspects of their anatomy, behaviour and ecology. So why do we appear to be so different? What are humans not simply “just another great ape”?
Living things are much more than just packages of DNA. In fact, organisms interact with their genes and environment in a complex way, forcing biologists to question their assumptions about the nature of humanity.
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