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Compete or Die: Competition
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Compete or Die: Competition

All organisms compete with others to get what they need to survive, like food, water, and space. Humans are no different from plants and other animals in this way, particularly when resources are limited.

Investigate the competitive behavior of living creatures, and find out what we gain from competing with other animals — and plants.

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Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

Chomp and the Temple of Puzzles!

The ancient temple of puzzles, sealed for 17 centuries, is guarded by highly evolved and angry monkeys. See if you can solve the puzzles and travel through 5 secret passage ways. More...

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Discovery
Coral Reef Connections

Coral Reef Connections

When resources become scarce, competition increases. Discover some coral reef competitors in their continuing struggle for survival: dolphin vs. fish, slug vs. sponge, cuttlefish vs. cuttlefish. More...

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WGBH/PBS
Serengeti: Leopard Competition

Serengeti: Leopard Competition

Leopards look like fierce predators that can hold their own, but lions, hyenas, and wild dogs often try to poach this spotted cat's kill. Learn how leopards minimize competition and about their survival techniques. More...

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Animal Planet
Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

For decades, grizzly bears reigned supreme in Yellowstone National Park...until the reintroduction of gray wolves. Now they battle for the same food sources. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Competition

Competition

Animals and plants need resources to survive and reproduce, and they compete for them in times of scarcity. Look at these photos and try to identify what each organism is competing for. More...

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BioTopics
Evolution Is Steered by Competing Females

Evolution Is Steered by Competing Females

Because female competitive behavior differs from that of males, scientists long ignored its importance. Investigate what decades of data show about female competition and its relationship to the evolution of a species. More...

Article
Discovery
Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Iain Couzin: Collective Behavior

Using computer simulations, biologist Iain Couzin studies how and why animals, including humans, coordinate their behavior. Investigate his discoveries about individual behavior within two insect species groups. More...

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PopTech.com
Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

For 40 years primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall observed the same group of chimpanzees in Tanzania, discovering that they used tools and waged war. Find out more about their behavior. More...

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BrainPOP
Men Are Like Apes When Competing for Status

Men Are Like Apes When Competing for Status

Apes are like humans in many ways, and scientists recently revealed similar hormone changes in males competing for mates. Investigate more details about this research and what it suggests about evolution. More...

Article
LiveScience
Plant and Spider Compete for Food

Plant and Spider Compete for Food

The wolf spider and the carnivorous sundew plant eat the same insects. Do they actually compete in the wild or just share a taste? Read on to see how each species affects the other. More...

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LiveScience
Tree and Plant Life in the Jungle

Tree and Plant Life in the Jungle

Plants rely on light to make their food. So, if they’re on a tropical forest floor hundreds of feet beneath a thick canopy, how can they compete for that resource? Watch to see one palm’s survival technique to reach the sun. More...

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