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An Illustrated History of Dinosaurs

No other animals from the deep past capture our imaginations like dinosaurs. Any kid old enough to hold a crayon can probably draw one. And we older kids have our own images that come to mind when we think of the terrible lizards. But the reason that we have to imagine the non-avian dinosaurs, of …

History’s Most Powerful Plants

History’s Most Powerful Plants

Chances are, if you’ve turned on a lightbulb or a computer, you’ve harnessed the power of some very ancient, and very strange … trees. The vast majority of the electricity produced in human history has come from coal. And like all fossil fuels, coal is made from the remains of extinct organisms that have been …

The Missing Link That Wasn’t

The Missing Link That Wasn’t

It’s 1912, and an amateur archaeologist named Charles Dawson came forward with a discovery that almost changed our understanding of human evolution. Almost. Dawson’s find was some unusual human-like skull fragments, and he showed them to the Keeper of Geology at the British Museum, Sir Arthur Smith Woodward. He explained that the fragments were given …

The Last Time the Globe Warmed

The Last Time the Globe Warmed

Thanks to Curiosity Stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios. Imagine an enormous rainforest teeming with life: trees, insects, pretty little birds. Primates are climbing in the canopy, while crocodiles and turtles swim in the rivers below. Beautiful, isn’t it? Now imagine this lush rainforest … in the Arctic. There was a time — and not …

A Brief History of Geologic Time

A Brief History of Geologic Time

The tale of life on Earth has been unfolding for about 4 billion years. And we humans are just the last word on the last page of that story. At least so far. And the vast stretches of time that are covered by the history of life can be hard for us to fathom. We …

The Mystery of the Eocene’s Lethal Lake

The Mystery of the Eocene’s Lethal Lake

47 million years ago, the world was a hothouse. Lush jungles covered much of the globe, stretching far from the equator, and they were rife with mammals. This was life in the Eocene Epoch. And around a quiet lake in what’s now Germany, a typical scene was unfolding in late spring. Crocodiles patrolled the waters. …