The Life of Mammals

The BEST episodes of The Life of Mammals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

David Attenborough looks at why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet.

Last Updated: 4/18/2022Network: BBC One
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Chisellers
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8.86
73 votes

#1 - Chisellers

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/11/2002

Special tools like chisel sharp front teeth and underground dwelling enable this group of mammals to feast on roots and seeds.

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Life in the Trees
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8.58
67 votes

#2 - Life in the Trees

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/22/2003

A range of adaptations from sucker-feet to gripping tails help the tree dwellers to survive, and in the dark forest super senses come in to play.

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Insect Hunters
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8.56
77 votes

#3 - Insect Hunters

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/27/2002

Mammals from tiny shrews to giant anteaters have specialised in eating insects. Some have even pursued their prey into the skies.

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Plant Predators
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8.45
76 votes

#4 - Plant Predators

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/4/2002

The plant eaters take on the largely indigestible, spiny and poisonous defences of plants with some spectacular physical adaptations to diet.

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Return to the Water
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8.43
67 votes

#5 - Return to the Water

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/15/2003

With perfect streamlined bodies and great underwater speed, seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales became the new hunters of the sea..

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Food for Thought
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8.33
9 votes

#6 - Food for Thought

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/5/2003

The natural world was transformed when one great ape began to walk upright - us. But why has this led to the development of our extraordinary brains?

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A Winning Design
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8.16
143 votes

#7 - A Winning Design

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/20/2002

From the tiniest bat to the massive blue whale, all mammals share the ability to nurture their young on milk and regulate their own temperatures.

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Meat Eaters
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8.14
104 votes

#8 - Meat Eaters

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/18/2002

Predators and prey must evolve speed, endurance and manoeuvrability to outwit each other, and the pack hunters must maintain order in the ranks.

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Social Climbers
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7.45
40 votes

#9 - Social Climbers

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/29/2003

In the daily hubbub of monkey life, only those with a talent for social wheeler dealing get ahead, driving the shift towards larger brains.

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Opportunists
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7.38
68 votes

#10 - Opportunists

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/8/2003

A mammal capable of having a varied diet can be highly adaptable and exploit new environments including the cities where they thrive.

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