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How the Egg Came First

In 1799, the Keeper of the Department of Natural History at the British Museum didn’t know what to make of a bizarre specimen that had just arrived from Australia. It appeared to be the skin of a beaver or a mole with a beak sewn onto it? Being a good curator, he carefully examined every …

The Crazed Hunt for the Himalayan Yeti | Monstrum

The Crazed Hunt for the Himalayan Yeti | Monstrum

Atop Earth’s highest mountain above sea level hardly seems like an easy place to live. Mount Everest’s tall peaks, freezing temperatures, fierce winds, and ever-present snow make it hard to support life. And while it’s true that very few plants or animals can survive there, the most famous resident certainly seems at home—the Yeti. The …

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 …

Are We Living In the Sixth Extinction?

Are We Living In the Sixth Extinction?

[MUSIC] The California Golden Bear The Great Auk The Passenger pigeon The Tasmanian tiger The Pinta Island tortoise The Golden toad All dead. And the killer is right there in the room with you. [MUSIC] The walls of France’s Lascaux cave hold some of humankind’s earliest art, almost mythical species: a wooly rhinoceros, enormous-antlered Megaloceros …