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Protists Video

The Kingdom Protista may be the most diverse of all life. These organisms aren't quite animals, or plants, or fungi. Some protists have characteristics of both plants and animals, and many biologists believe the ancestors of today's protists gave rise to modern plants, animals and fungi.

Investigate this bunch that includes algae, amoebas, slime molds, and more.

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Malaria Lifecycle

Malaria Lifecycle

Parasites cause malaria, a disease that's responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. The parasite infects mosquitoes and is transferred to humans through bites. Investigate the malaria lifecycle. More...

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The Wellcome Trust
Protista: Algae, Protozoa, Slime Molds, and Water Molds

Protista: Algae, Protozoa, Slime Molds, and Water Molds

Animals and plants may steal the spotlight, but protists are pretty important, too. For starters, they include algae, which produce much of the oxygen we breathe, and the parasite that causes malaria. More...

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American Society for Microbiology
Volvox, One of the 7 Wonders of the Micro World

Volvox, One of the 7 Wonders of the Micro World

It's truly amazing what you can see through a microscope. Take volvox for instance. Check out this "grand spherical colony" of algae. More...

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Microscopy UK
Kelp Gardens: Photo Gallery

Kelp Gardens: Photo Gallery

Kelp are the giants of the protist kingdom. Unlike their mostly microscopic protist cousins, kelp can grow more than a foot a day. More...

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National Geographic
Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps

Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps

Combine storytelling with science to write a tale of the protists of the White Cedar Swamps of the eastern U.S. Click to find the resources you need; then let your imagination run wild! More...

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Carleton College
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Protozoans in Pictures

Protozoans in Pictures

Neither plant nor animal, but sometimes a little bit of both: Protozoans are microscopic organisms with some amazingly intricate components. More...

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Britannica
The Wonderful World of Protists

The Wonderful World of Protists

How much do you know about protists? These 10 questions will reveal your level of expertise about this crazy amalgamation of lifeforms. More...

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FunTrivia.com
Understanding: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Understanding: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

The microscope Antonie van Leeuwenhoek used in 1675 might look pretty puny. But it revealed organisms no one had ever seen or imagined. More...

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