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  1. Bilateral Body Plan


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    Most active animals have a bilaterally symmetrical body plan.

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    • Arthropod Locomotion: Engineering


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      Robert Full studies arthropod locomotion to unlock the secrets of their success.

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      • Marine Arthropods: A Successful Design


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        The incredible diversity and dominance of arthropods in the ocean can be attributed to their extraordinarily adaptable body plan.

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        • Echinoderms: The Ultimate Animal


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          Echinoderms show us that animals radically different from us, even ones without a brain, can be ultimately successful.

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          • Terrestrial Arthropods: The Conquerors


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            Arthropods are all around us. They came onto land from the ocean and conquered the earth and the air.

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            • Molluscs: The Survival Game


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              Molluscs have been masters in the survival game in life, evolving with new opportunities and new challenges.

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              • Human Body Plan


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                The human body plan is built for fast action.

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                • Cnidarians: Deep Sea Research


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                  A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) finds that cnidarians are the dominant animal in the deep ocean.

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                  • Jack Costello, Biologist: Why Jellyfish Swim


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                    Jack Costello wants to understand why jellyfish swim since they don’t really move far.

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                    • Annelids: Diopatra, Tube-dwelling Worm


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                      Tube-dwelling, mudflat worms are adapted to the rhythm of low and high tides.

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                      • Paleontology: Paleontologists Study Fossils


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                        Paleontologists can learn a great deal about ancient life from the fossils they study.

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                        • Jenny Clack, Paleontologist: The First Vertebrate Walks on Land


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                          Jenny Clack looks at fossils and fossilized footsteps to try to discover the first vertebrate to make the transition from the water to land.

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