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The History Of Christmas Shopping!
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The History Of Christmas Shopping!

If you’ve ever said “Christmas has gotten too commercial!” well, you’re not the first. Complaints about excessive spending during the holidays go back over a hundred years, when Victorians lamented having to buy cards and gifts for all their acquaintances

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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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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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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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How the Pyramids Were Built (Pyramid Science Part 2!)
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How the Pyramids Were Built (Pyramid Science Part 2!)

This episode is supported by Skillshare. Hey smart people, so a few weeks ago we made a video about the pyramids, and how, while they are pretty heckin’ impressive, we can trace the evolution of their construction and see the

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