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Julien Junet

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Noé Sardet

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Sharif Mirshak

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Tierney Thys

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Additional Resources for you to Explore

The Shape of Life series educator resources www.Shapeoflife.org

Additional Shape of Life series resources http://www.pbs.org/kcet/shapeoflife/

(In particular, check out Bill Shear’s work http://www.pbs.org/kcet/shapeoflife/episodes/conq_explo1.html)

TEDxSMU talk by Tierney Thys highlighting the 8 major body plans of animal evolution http://www.tedxsmu.org/talks/tierney-thys-tedxkids-smu-2011

Beautiful imagery and rich information featuring planktonic animal life www.PlanktonChronicles.org

The Tree of Life web project explores the connections and evolution of life. http://tolweb.org/tree/

The World Register of Marine Species keeps a tally of all species described in the ocean. http://www.marinespecies.org/

How many species inhabit Earth and how might we answer that question? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/science/30species.html

Where did squid, jellyfish, and other sea creatures begin life? The story of a sea urchin reveals a stunningly beautiful saga of fertilization, development and growth in the ocean depths. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-life-begins-in-the-deep-ocean

New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Marine biologist Tierney Thys teamed with Christian Sardet (CNRS/Tara Oceans), Noé Sardet, and Sharif Mirshak to use footage from the Plankton Chronicles project to create a film designed to ignite wonder and curiosity about this hidden world that underpins our own food chain. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-secret-life-of-plankton

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