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 Irish Elk Were Living Large

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? #Megaloceros #Megafauna #Pleistocene Produced…

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…

When the Synapsids Struck Back

From PBS Eons. Try CuriosityStream today: http://curiositystream.com/eons Synapsids were the world’s first-ever terrestrial megafauna but the vast majority of these giants were doomed to extinction. However some lived on, keeping a low profile among the dinosaurs. And now our world is the way it is because of the time when the synapsids struck back. Thanks…

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…