When We Tamed Fire

From PBS Eons. Our new shirt! https://store.dftba.com/products/eons-pocket-shirt The Best-Of Nature League: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZftFO1i4jNijeKInnCZXTYg9l3HVlbXl The ability to make and use fire has fundamentally changed the arc of our evolution. The bodies we have today were, in many ways, shaped by that time when we first tamed fire. Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios Super special…

When We First Made Tools

From PBS Eons. Try CuriosityStream today: http://curiositystream.com/eons The tools made by our human ancestors may not seem like much when you compare them to the screen you’re looking at right now but their creation represents a pivotal moment in the origin of technology and in the evolution of our lineage. Thanks to Fabrizio De Rossi,…

The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

From PBS Eons. The California condor is the biggest flying bird in North America, a title that it has held since the Late Pleistocene Epoch. It’s just one example of an organism that we share the planet with today that seems lost in time, out of place in our world. Thanks as always to Studio…

The Humans That Lived Before Us

From PBS Eons. As more and more fossil ancestors have been found, our genus has become more and more inclusive, incorporating more members that look less like us, Homo sapiens. By getting to know these other hominins–the ones who came before us–we can start to answer some big questions about what it essentially means to…

How Blood Evolved (Many Times)

From PBS Eons. Blood is one of the most revolutionary features in our evolutionary history. Over hundreds of millions of years, the way in which blood does its job has changed over and over again. As a result, we animals have our familiar red blood. But also blue blood. And purple, and green, and even…

When Humans Were Prey

From PBS Eons. Not too long ago, our early human ancestors were under constant threat of attack from predators. And it turns out that this difficult chapter in our history may be responsible for the adaptations that allowed us to become so successful. Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the illustrations of the…

How Sloths Went From the Seas to the Trees

From PBS Eons. The story of sloths is one of astounding ecological variability, with some foraging in the seas, others living underground, and others still hiding from predators in towering cliffs. So why are their only living relatives in the trees? Thanks to Ceri Thomas for allowing us to use few sloth reconstructions! Check out…