How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

From PBS Eons. A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world?  Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their…

How Pterosaurs Got Their Wings

From PBS Eons. When pterosaurs first took flight, you could say that it marked the beginning of the end for the winged reptiles. Because, strangely enough, the power of flight — and the changes that it led to — may have ultimately led to their downfall. Thanks to Ceri Thomas for the excellent Scleromochlus illustration!…

When Bats Took Flight

From PBS Eons. Bats pretty much appear in the fossil record as recognizable, full-on, flying bats. And they show up on all of the continents, except Antarctica, around the same time. So where did bats come from? And which of the many weird features that bats have, showed up first? Thanks to Ceri Thomas for…

The Raptor That Made Us Rethink Dinosaurs

From PBS Eons. Get access to our quarterly livestream! http://patreon.com/eons In 1964, a paleontologist named John Ostrom unearthed some fascinating fossils from the mudstone of Montana. Its discovery set the stage for what’s known today as the Dinosaur Renaissance, a total re-thinking of what we thought we knew about dinosaurs.  Thanks as always to Studio…

The Missing Link That Wasn’t

From PBS Eons. The myth of the Missing Link–the idea that there must be a specimen that partly resembles an ape but also partly resembles a modern human–is persistent. But the reality is that there is no missing link in our lineage, because that’s not how evolution works. Complexly has a new show! Check out…

Was This Dinosaur a Cannibal?

From PBS Eons. Paleontologists have spent the better part of two decades debating whether Coelophysis ate its own kind. It turns out, the evidence that scientists have had to study in order to answer that question includes some of the strangest and grossest fossils that any expert would ever get to see. Thanks to Fabrizio…

When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia

From PBS Eons. Megaloceros was one of the largest members of the deer family ever to walk the Earth. The archaeological record is full of evidence that our ancestors lived alongside and interacted with these giant mammals for millennia. But what happened when they did interact, when humans met this megafauna? Produced in collaboration with…

How Volcanoes Froze the Earth (Twice)

From PBS Eons. Over 600 million years ago, sheets of ice coated our planet on both land and sea. How did this happen? And most importantly for us, why did the planet eventually thaw again? The evidence for Snowball Earth is written on every continent today. Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Franz Anthony from Studio…

When We Met Other Human Species

From PBS Eons. We all belong to the only group of hominins on the planet today. But we weren’t always alone. 100,000 years ago, Eurasia was home to other hominin species, some of which we know our ancestors met, and spent some quality time with. Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Fabrizio de Rossi from Studio…