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00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9ad70000with Ari DanielThe story of Earth's biodiversity from the Encylopedia of Life.One Species at a Time is heard every second Monday on WCAI: during Morning Edition at 8:30 and afternoons during All Things Considered at 5:30.Discover the wonders of nature—right outside your back door and halfway around the world. In our new season of audio broadcasts, we’ll be learning about life as small as yeast and as big as a bowhead whale. Hear people's stories about nature and hone your backyard observation skills. We’ll be exploring the diversity of life—five minutes and One Species at a Time. Listen to us online, or download us and take us with you on your own exploration of the world around you. Brought to you by the Encyclopedia of Life and Atlantic Public Media.The host and producer is Ari Daniel. Jay Allison and Viki Merrick edit.Visit the Encyclopedia of Life and explore their full catalog of podcasts.For archives of One Species at a Time, including episodes dating from before October 2012, go to the One Species at a Time Archives.

Lions

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Does the mane really make the lion? Certainly, luxurious locks are the feature that sets Panthera leo apart from the other large cats. But surprisingly, not all male lions have manes. And back in the early Pleistocene, manes covered more of the lion than just the head. Ari Daniel Shapiro speaks with archivist Connie Rinaldo of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Harvard University and curator of mammals Bruce Patterson of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History to learn about the diversity of lions in the distant past and the challenges they face in the present.