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When the Rainforests Collapsed

When the Rainforests Collapsed

Way back, about 310 million years ago, a lizard-like creature took shelter in a hollow stump in what’s now Nova Scotia. It was small, not much bigger than your hand, and it hunted for insects in an ecosystem that was way different from anything you’ll find in Canada today. It lived in a warm, swampy …

That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared

That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared

In 2011, paleontologists working on the Spanish island of Minorca announced the discovery of some very odd fossils. They were the bones of a rabbit, but it wasn’t like any rabbit you’ve ever seen. For one thing, this bunny was a giant, up to six times heavier than your average cottontail. It also had short …

Dinosaurs 101 | National Geographic

Dinosaurs 101 | National Geographic

(dramatic music) (roaring) – [Narrator] Probably no other creatures on the planet have struck as much fear and awe in our hearts as the dinosaurs. (roaring) The earliest dinosaurs appeared about 245 million years ago during the Triassic Period. When most of the Earth’s landmasses were still joined together as the super continent Pangaea. Over …

The Fuzzy Origins of the Giant Panda

Thanks to LEGO.com and the LEGO Store—presenting the LEGO Ideas Tree House—for their support of PBS. The mountain forests of China are the last home of a very peculiar bear indeed: the giant panda. It’s one of the most recognizable mammals in the world, with its distinctive black-and-white coat and its adorably round physique. And …

The Forgotten Story of the Beardogs

The Forgotten Story of the Beardogs

When you think of the world’s most fierce, numerous, and dominant meat-eating mammals, you probably think of animals like the big cats, or wolves, or bears. But long before any of those animals existed, there was another predator that prowled North America. And it was neither cat nor dog nor bear, but it was their …

Fossils 101 | National Geographic

Fossils 101 | National Geographic

(gentle music) – [Narrator] Like buried treasure, they lie hidden from sight. Echoes of an ancient past, they whisper secrets and tell tales once lost to time. Fossils are remnants or impressions of ancient organisms that are naturally preserved in stone. While there are hundreds of fossil types, they are often grouped into two major …