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The Unexpected World of Biology

Found In: science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

CreatureCast is a collaborative effort of the Dunn Lab at Brown University and other contributors that features text, images, and video focused on zoology. The resources can be used for K-12 science, mathematics, and social studies classes, and Art and Language Arts if an original CreatureCast becomes a teacher, student, or class project. The site can be keyword searched or browsed. Users can speed up browsing by changing the page number in the url. There are currently11 pages to browse.

Tyrian Purple is a video (2:12) that examines natural dyes, specifically the snail, Bolinus brandaris, that was used to make Tyrian or royal purple in the Ancient World beginning with the Phoenicians.

The Central Limit Theorem is a video (3:39) that explains normal distribution and the importance of sample size in statistical analysis.

CreatureCast - Central Limit Theorem

Shuyi Chiou's animation explains the implications of the Central Limit Theorem. To learn more, please visit the original article where we presented this animation in the New York Times.

Lifecycles is an 8-page illustrated guide to the lifecycles of salamanders, blue crabs. burying beetle, pinworm, and other creatures. The pamphlet can be downloaded.

Gelatinous Animals is a video (5:41) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute that features many very different animals that are clear and jelly-like and explains why no one group can be called “jellyfish”.

Make a CreatureCast links to pages that provide guidance for teachers and students who choose to make a video for Topics covered are writing a story, audio, animation, editing, finishing, and feedback from previous contributors that might prove useful.


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