Fossil Feud: Eons vs SciShow!

From PBS Eons. You’ve heard of Family Feud… but how about Fossil Feud? Join us for a National Fossil Day livestream to watch the Eons team compete against some of our friends from SciShow! Gabriel-Philip Santos from the Alf Museum of Paleontology will be our host. Kallie Moore, Blake de Pastino and Michelle Barboza-Ramirez will be…

When Mammals Only Went Out At Night

From PBS Eons. For decades, scientists believed dinosaurs were diurnal and tiny mammals were nocturnal. But as researchers have uncovered more mammalian fossils and studied the biology of different dinosaur species, they’ve found some surprising results. Thanks to Ceri Thomas (https://alphynix.tumblr.com/), Julio Lacerda (https://twitter.com/JuliotheArtist), and Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com/) for their excellent reconstructions featured in this…

How a Mass Extinction Event Created the Amazon

From PBS Eons. The Amazon rainforest of South America is a paradise for flowering plants. But long ago, the landscape that we now think of as the Amazon looked very different. And would you believe that the entire revolution of the Amazon began with just one day? Produced by Complexly for PBS Digital Studios Super…

How Pollination Got Going Twice

From PBS Eons. The world of the Jurassic was a lot like ours – similar interactions between plants and insects were happening, but the players have changed over time. Because it looks like pollination by insects actually got going twice. Thanks to Franz Anthony for the excellent reconstructions of the scorpionfly, true fly, and false…

Where Are All the Medium-Sized Dinosaurs?

From PBS Eons. The remains of medium-sized predatory dinosaurs are pretty rare in places where giant predators like T. rex existed. Which is weird, because that’s just not how ecosystems work today. Thanks to Franz Anthony, Jack Mayer Wood, ABelov2014, Fabrizio De Rossi, Nathan E. Rogers, Emily Willoughby, Julio Lacerda, and Vladimir Rimbala for their…

The Island of the Last Surviving Mammoths

From PBS Eons. The Wrangel Island mammoths would end up being the final survivors of a once-widespread genus. In their final years, after having thrived in many parts of the world for millions of years, the very last mammoths that ever lived experienced what’s known as a mutational meltdown. Produced by Complexly for PBS Digital…

Where Are All The Squid Fossils?

From PBS Eons. Check out Otherwords, a new show about language & linguistics! https://youtu.be/d2UccTPnl4w It might surprise you but cephalopods have a pretty good fossil record, with one major exception. If squids were swimming around in the same oceans as their closest cousins, where did all the squids go? Thanks to Franz Anthony for the…

When Trees Took Over the World

From PBS Eons. 420 million years ago, the forest floor of what’s now New York was covered with a plant that didn’t look like a tree at all, except its roots were made of wood. Instead of looking up to learn about the evolution of trees, it turns out paleobotanists should’ve been looking down all…

How To Survive the Little Ice Age

From PBS Eons. PBS Member Stations rely on viewers like you. To support your local station, go to http://to.pbs.org/DonateEons Check out Overview’s landfills episode: https://youtu.be/aHzltu6Tvl8 Celebrate Earth Day with PBS! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnNZYWyBGJ1F8ofFm4H9UTrHxqU8zngK4 Nunalleq, a village in what’s today southwest Alaska, seemed to have thrived during the Little Ice Age. How did this village manage to survive…

How Worm Holes Ended Wormworld

From PBS Eons. PBS Member Stations rely on viewers like you. To support your local station, go to http://to.pbs.org/DonateEons ↓ More info below ↓ Elongated tubes, flat ribbons, and other “worm-like” body plans were so varied and abundant that a part of the Ediacaran is sometimes known as Wormworld. But in the end, the ancient…