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The 12 Days of Evolution – Complete Series!

The 12 Days of Evolution – Complete Series!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 22, 2019

[MUSIC] [BIRD CHIRP] A smart person once said “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” Evolution is what lets us understand the history of life. We’re used to seeing things change over time. But biological evolution is about something more. Centuries of observing nature has shown us that all life is […]

Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct

Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 22, 2019

About 8 million years ago, a little baleen whale was swimming in the warm coastal waters of Peru. It was only about 3 or 4 meters long, about the size of a Beluga whale, and while it filtered mouthfuls of plankton-rich water, it was unaware that just below it swam a predator. Like the great […]

When the Synapsids Struck Back

When the Synapsids Struck Back

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 22, 2019

Thanks to CuriosityStream for supporting PBS Digital Studios It’s 252 million years ago, and the world is on the cusp of the worst disaster it would ever experience. 70 percent of all life on land is about to vanish. But one of the very-lucky very-few that will survive is an animal called Thrinaxodon. It’s about […]

Cuttlefish: Tentacles In Disguise

Cuttlefish: Tentacles In Disguise

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 20, 2019

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Cuttlefish are not fish at all, and they’re not particularly good at cuddling… not that I’ve tried or anything. But these tentacled relatives of squid and octopus do have one amazing sneaky skill. So I love cuttlefish because of their color-changing abilities, tell us a little about that. You know, the ability that […]

Are We Losing the Night Sky?

Are We Losing the Night Sky?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 15, 2019

Hey smart people, Joe here. For pretty much all of human history, this has meant the end of our day. Sure, we harnessed fire, and some artificial light, but we are not natural creatures of the night. But now we’re able to be part of the night like never before in human history. All thanks […]

When Birds Had Teeth

When Birds Had Teeth

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 15, 2019

In 1861, a man working in a Bavarian quarry discovered a fossil that would change the way we think about birds. The fossil was of a single, beautiful feather, exquisitely preserved in limestone from the Jurassic. But the feather turned out to belong to an animal that was unlike any other bird humans had ever […]

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 13, 2019

[MUSIC] In January 1992, a cargo ship sailing from Hong Kong to Washington hit a storm, and twelve containers tumbled overboard, releasing a fleet of blue turtles, green frogs, red beavers, and yellow ducks. 28,800 animals, destined for bathtubs, now a lonely plastic navy, drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Then they started to float ashore. […]

The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 12, 2019

I usually stand here and tell you about exotic creatures that you’re never gonna see — extinct animals with unusual features, or strange body plans, or sizes that seem preposterous compared to the animals we know today. But there are some organisms that live among us, even though they’re really better suited to life in […]

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 12, 2019

500 million years ago, back in the Cambrian Period, a pioneering little mollusk floated up off the ocean floor. It had developed a way to use its defensive shell for a whole new purpose — buoyancy. It turned out that by filling its shell with gas, this mollusk could literally reach new heights, gaining a […]

Amazing Facts About Whales!

Amazing Facts About Whales!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 9, 2019

[MUSIC] Are dolphins your porpoise for living? Think orcas are killer? Maybe you start blubbering when you think of belugas? That’s no fluke. Whales are one of the coolest groups of animals on Earth, with so many specialized features that they might as well be from space. If you’re looking for some of the most […]