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Cannibalism in the animal kingdom - Bill Schutt


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Until recently, scientists thought cannibalism was a rare response to starvation or other extreme stress. Well-known cannibals like the praying mantis and black widow were considered bizarre exceptions. But now, we know they more or less represent the rule. Bill Schutt shows how cannibalism can promote the survival of a species by reducing competition, culling the weak, and bolstering the strong.

Until recently, ______ and ______ were thought to be rare examples of cannibalism in the animal kingdom.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Bill Schutt
  • Director Petya Zlateva
  • Script Editor Elizabeth Cox
  • Animator Compote Collective, Petya Zlateva
  • Designer Petya Zlateva
  • Illustrator Petya Zlateva
  • Producer Vessela Dantcheva
  • Sound Designer Alexander Evtimov, Alexander Daniel, Ivailo Stefanov
  • Composer Alexander Evtimov, Alexander Daniel, Ivailo Stefanov
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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