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An Introduction to Biodiversity (1/5)


This is also part of this series: Natural Connections Series (5)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 14 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Introduces this 5-part series on biodiversity. Dr. Edward O. Wilson, one of the world's leading experts on ants, who is often referred to as the "father" of biodiversity, and entomologist, Dr. Jack Longino, put the role of human beings in the biosphere into proper perspective. They point out that mammals are the smallest group of species with only 4,500 known individual species, whereas there are 963,000 known species of insects. Pound for pound humans and ants probably match each other. The rather startling difference is that ants and other insects contribute to the maintenance of earth's ecosystems. Human beings often have the opposite effect. To be a successful and long-lived species, we must foster a respect for all life.

Awards: 5 Emmy Awards; Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition; Best of Category , Best Educational Value, Best Scientific Content and Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula; UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals; Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival; Best Graphic Design, International Monitor Awards; Bronze Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America

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