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When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia
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When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia

It was a typical autumn day in 2018, when two fishermen set off into the waters of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. As they pulled up their net, they noticed something different among all the freshly caught fish: something very

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What Happened to the World’s Greatest Ape?
That Time It Rained for Two Million Years
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That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

Imagine a world so warm that the ocean feels like a hot tub. Huge volcanic eruptions have pumped the air full of globe-warming carbon dioxide. And with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world

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How Horses Took Over North America (Twice)
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How Horses Took Over North America (Twice)

It’s 55 million years ago in North America, and the continent is draped in a canopy of swampy cypress trees and humid broadleaf forests. Bizarre predators, like the hoofed carnivore Mesonyx, lurk in the undergrowth, ready to nab an animal

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The Humans That Lived Before Us
The Age of Giant Insects
When Giant Fungi Ruled
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When Giant Fungi Ruled

420 million years ago, a giant rose along the river banks of what would become North America. It feasted on the dead, growing slowly into the largest living thing on land. This towering colossus wasn’t animal, plant, or mineral. Instead,

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How Did Dinosaurs Get So Huge?
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How Did Dinosaurs Get So Huge?

Part of why we’re so fascinated with extinct dinosaurs, I think, is that some of them were just so big, it’s just hard to imagine animals walking around on the surface of the planet that size Speaking as a mammal

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The History of Climate Cycles (and the Woolly Rhino) Explained
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The History of Climate Cycles (and the Woolly Rhino) Explained

thank you to Draper and it's hack the moon initiative for supporting PBS Digital Studios 700,000 years ago a rust-colored Rhino roamed the vast open Highlands of Siberia and Central Asia this ginger beast is better known as the woolly

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A Brief History of Geologic Time