Size Matters

Drum 'n' Bass innovator Roni Size donated his 1997 Mercury Music Prize Money to the basement project in Bristol where he learnt his trade. Tonight, Size revisits community music projects which are keeping UK kids out of trouble and launching music careers. The Arctic Monkeys, the Futureheads, and the Lost Prophets are some of the bands who started out in youth centres, supported by the new deal.

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How much does size matter? And is it generally males or females who are the giants? Sue Broom scours the animal kingdom for the biggest size differences between males and females and asks how they got that way.

Back in the 19th century, Charles Darwin's explanation for the obvious differences between so many male and female animals was what he called sexual selection.

Males, he said, were often bigger in order to fight off rivals or better looking to beat off the competition.

But modern science shows that things are a little more complex than that.

Bigger isn't always better and the heavyweights are more often females than males.

20050912

How much does size matter? And is it generally males or females who are the giants? Sue Broom scours the animal kingdom for the biggest size differences between males and females and asks how they got that way.

Back in the 19th century, Charles Darwin's explanation for the obvious differences between so many male and female animals was what he called sexual selection.

Males, he said, were often bigger in order to fight off rivals or better looking to beat off the competition.

But modern science shows that things are a little more complex than that.

Bigger isn't always better and the heavyweights are more often females than males.

How much does size matter? And is it generally males or females who are the giants? Sue Broom scours the animal kingdom for the biggest size differences between males and females and asks how they got that way.

Back in the 19th century, Charles Darwin's explanation for the obvious differences between so many male and female animals was what he called sexual selection. Males, he said, were often bigger in order to fight off rivals or better looking to beat off the competition. But modern science shows that things are a little more complex than that. Bigger isn't always better and the heavyweights are more often females than males.

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