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An Illustrated History of Dinosaurs
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The Forgotten Story of the Beardogs
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The Forgotten Story of the Beardogs

When you think of the world’s most fierce, numerous, and dominant meat-eating mammals, you probably think of animals like the big cats, or wolves, or bears. But long before any of those animals existed, there was another predator that prowled

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26 Facts About Fossils
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26 Facts About Fossils

Did you know that parrots used to be three feet tall? Hi, I’m Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of MentalFloss.com. In 2019, a paper published in the journal Biology Letters described the fossil of a parrot that lived somewhere around 16 to

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When Antarctica Was Green
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When Antarctica Was Green

It’s the world’s most remote and isolated continent. It’s home to glaciers, mountains, plants, and penguins, but today, Antarctica is also noteworthy for what it doesn’t have. In modern Antarctica, there aren’t any trees, or any native terrestrial mammals, reptiles,

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The Reason Why Saber-Toothed Tigers Went Extinct
Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils?
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Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils?

Around the year 1335, a mysterious skull was recovered from a local quarry near the town of Klagenfurt, Austria…and it looked downright monstrous. For one thing, it was way larger than a human skull. And it had big teeth, a

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This Face Changes the Human Story
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This Face Changes the Human Story

You immediately descend into the mouth of a cave…We suit up, we put harnesses on and we clip into some safety ropes and then we’re climbing this knife edge of rock. It goes about 20 meters up and so if

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‘Living Fossils’ Aren’t Really a Thing
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‘Living Fossils’ Aren’t Really a Thing

Thanks to Curiosity Stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios Crocodiles. Horseshoe crabs. And of course … tuatara! They’re all animals that have persisted for millions of years, said to have gone unchanged since the days of the dinosaurs. So, like,

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The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls
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The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories about exotic islands that were home to weird and fearsome monsters — like one-eyed ogres, seductive sirens, and man-eating giants. And I’m here to tell you: Back in the late Miocene epoch,

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