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Julien Junet

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Noé Sardet

Sharif Mirshak

Tierney Thys



Additional Resources for you to Explore

The Shape of Life series educator resources

Additional Shape of Life series resources

(In particular, check out Bill Shear’s work

TEDxSMU talk by Tierney Thys highlighting the 8 major body plans of animal evolution

Beautiful imagery and rich information featuring planktonic animal life

The Tree of Life web project explores the connections and evolution of life.

The World Register of Marine Species keeps a tally of all species described in the ocean.

How many species inhabit Earth and how might we answer that question?

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.

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.

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