How Dogs (Eventually) Became Our Best Friends

From PBS Eons. We’re still figuring out the details, but most scientists agree that it took thousands of years of interactions to develop our deep bond with dogs. When did they first become domesticated? Where did this happen? And what did the process look like, in terms of genetics and anatomy? Special thanks to Jack…

How a Hot Planet Created the World’s Biggest Snake

From PBS Eons. About 59 million years ago, the largest animal lurking in the ancient forests of Colombia by far was Titanoboa – the largest snake ever known. It’s only been in the past few years that we’ve put together the many pieces of this puzzling creature, but it turns out that the greatest snake…

When the Rainforests Collapsed

From PBS Eons. Check out Animal Wonders! https://youtu.be/tyK21xUnGrk The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse set the stage for a takeover that would be a crucial turning point in the history of terrestrial animal life. If it weren’t for that time when the rainforests collapsed – in an extinction event that you probably haven’t heard of – our…

How South America Made the Marsupials

From PBS Eons. Throughout the Cenozoic Era — the era we’re in now — marsupials and their metatherian relatives flourished all over South America, filling all kinds of ecological niches and radiating into forms that still thrive on other continents. Thanks to Darin Croft and Velizar Simeonovski for allowing us to use illustrations that can…

The Giant Dinosaur That Was Missing a Body

From PBS Eons. From end to end, its forelimbs alone measured an incredible 2.4 meters long and were tipped with big, comma-shaped claws. But other than its bizarre arms, very little material from this dinosaur had been found: no skull, no feet, almost nothing that could give experts a fuller picture of what this dinosaur…