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Reproduction in ancient fish

This information sheet describes the results of study by Museum Victoria scientists of 380-million-year-old fossil fish from Gogo, Western Australia. It outlines discoveries relating to how these early fish reproduced. It includes an animation showing how mating occurred.

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The female reproductive system

Students use this resource consisting of two slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the structure and function of the female reproductive organs. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide. Note: Quiz and Review sections are not working.

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Sexual Intercourse

Students use this resource consisting of two slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand what happens during sexual intercourse. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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The Male Reproductive System

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the basic structure and function of the male reproductive organs. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Types of coral reproduction

Coral reef expert Professor Peter Harrison discusses sexual and asexual types of reproduction in coral reefs. Footage of living reefs together with animations are used to illustrate the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction.

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Fossil fish and the origins of sexual reproduction

This video, which explores the origins of sexual reproduction, begins by showing an image of a male 'Incisoscutum' fish fossil. It then presents an animation of how a male and female fish of this type might have met, copulated and parted. The video finishes with a close-up image of a female specimen that shows the embryo ...

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Fossil mother fish

This is an information sheet that tells the story of the discovery of a fossil fish that is the world's oldest vertebrate mother. Also available is an animation showing the mother fish giving birth and a video of Dr John Long describing the find, how the fossils are prepared, and their significance.

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Video of mother fish, embryo and birth

This is an animation demonstrating the location of the fossilised bones of the embryo inside the specimen mother fish found at Gogo in northern Western Australia. It also shows the mother fish swimming and giving birth.

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Dr John Long talking about the Gogo fossil mother fish

This video shows Dr John Long of Museum Victoria speaking about the fossil fish 'Materpiscis attenboroughi', found at Gogo Station in Western Australia. He describes the process of extracting the fossils from the rock and the importance of the discoveries at Gogo.

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Observing a kangaroo

Take a look at Australia's most famous animal, the kangaroo. Don Spencer feeds a female kangaroo that has a young joey in her pouch. Observe (look carefully at) how kangaroos stay alert in case of danger.

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Observing a koala

Join Don Spencer as he talks about one of Australia's most popular animals. Observe koalas as they walk, climb and jump to find food in the bush. Discover why koalas rarely drink.

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Seahorses

Peter Rowsthorn visits Melbourne Aquarium to answer the question 'Do male seahorses give birth to their young?' Discover the answer as a marine expert describes Syngnathids, a unique family of fish. Learn what makes the seahorse and the sea dragon so unusual in the marine animal world.

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Pregnancy

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the sequence of main events during pregnancy and the functions of the placenta and amniotic fluid. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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In Vitro-fertilisation

Explore in vitro fertilization in this interactive. The IVF cycle is broken down into seven sequential steps and the related anatomy and specific procedures involved are shown for each step. The organs and functioning of the human female are given in detail through the process.

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The Menstrual Cycle

Students use this resource consisting of six slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the changes that occur in a woman's body during the menstrual cycle. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Cell Fertilisation

Students use this resource consisting of six slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand that fertilisation in humans and flowering plants is the fusion of a male and a female cell. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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All about eggs: To lay or not to lay

This interactive lesson describes the structure of a chicken egg and the factors affecting the production and reproduction of that egg. Students also learn how animals can be grouped into categories based on their physical features and survival needs and cause and effect factors in relation to animal welfare and the supply ...

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Monotreme mum smuggles snuggly puggle

Female marsupials such as wallabies, kangaroos and koalas have live young and carry their joeys (babies) in a pouch. Find out how egg-laying marsupials called monotremes grow. Watch a newly hatched echidna as it grows from 'puggle' (baby) to adult.

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Albatross: giant bird of the sea

Albatrosses are large sea birds that spend much of their life over the sea, returning to land to breed. Watch this clip narrated by David Attenborough to see the nesting and mating behaviour of two albatross species. See these magnificent birds feed their young and take part in courtship dances on a remote, subantarctic island.

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Playtpus: the young male leaves the burrow

Platypus young are born and grow in the protection of a burrow. In this clip we see a young male platypus leave the burrow for the first time. This platypus has spent between 14 and 15 weeks in its burrow. See what it does on its first outing. This is one clip in a series of three.