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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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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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Is a woodlouse an insect? | Natural History Museum
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Is a woodlouse an insect? | Natural History Museum

Whether you call them pill bugs, slaters or coffin cutters, woodlice are a common sight in homes and gardens They seem like perfectly adapted land dwellers But did they have a watery past? Although they may look like insects, the

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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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STEMinar Series: Behind Easter Island’s Moai Statues with Dale F. Simpson, Jr.
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STEMinar Series: Behind Easter Island’s Moai Statues with Dale F. Simpson, Jr.

What up everybody? How we doing today? Wait, a little louder. What? Yeah, I like your attitude that’s where we need to be. Well first up, I’d like to thank STEMcon for having us today. I always say us because

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When Whales Walked
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When Whales Walked

This episode is supported by The Great Courses Plus. We know whales as graceful giants. Some are powerful hunters. Some are gentle filter feeders. But no matter what they eat or how they live, whales — as we know them

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How Sloths Went From the Seas to the Trees
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How Sloths Went From the Seas to the Trees

8 million years ago, off the coast of Peru, a large mammal used its powerful claws to pull itself along the ocean floor, holding fast against the waves as it foraged for seagrass. 5 million years ago, a similar creature

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How the Squid Lost Its Shell
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How the Squid Lost Its Shell

500 million years ago, back in the Cambrian Period, a pioneering little mollusk floated up off the ocean floor. It had developed a way to use its defensive shell for a whole new purpose — buoyancy. It turned out that

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The Rise and Fall of the Bone-Crushing Dogs
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The Rise and Fall of the Bone-Crushing Dogs

Thanks to WIX for supporting PBS Digital Studios In its day, it was quite literally top dog. By some estimates, it could grow as big as a brown bear. And with its powerful jaws and stout teeth, it was not

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