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How life came to land - Tierney Thys


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Spiders and crustaceans, also known as arthropods, led the charge from water to land--now outnumbering all terrestrial animals. But what about arthropods makes them so adaptable to life on land? Marine biologist Tierney Thys, and Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak of the Plankton Chronicles Project, shows us a world of fascinating animals and their habitats.

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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