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  • A seated man with skulls and other items on shelves in the background. Caption: We found one band at about 5.2 million years--

    Paleoanthropologist Dr. Tim White discusses how his team unearthed the fossil of Ardipithecus ramidus, an early hominid that lived about 4.4 million years ago. Dr. White discusses the fossil record and hominid evolution.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Person gesturing towards preserved remains of a dinosaur. Caption: This shape tells us that it's a meat-eating dinosaur.

    Host Emily Graslie interviews Peter Makovicky, Associate Curator of Paleontology, about a new species of dinosaur he discovered: the Siats meekerorum. Based on the skeletal remains, evidence points to this being a newly discovered meat-eating dinosaur. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Fossilized remains of the skull of an animal with large teeth. Caption: from the evidence they left behind.

    Students learn why fossils are often referred to as "windows to the past." The basic requirements for fossil formation are identified. Examples of various fossils highlight different types of fossil preservation, including petrification, imprints, molds and casts, freezing, amber fossilization, and preservation in tar pits. Finally, various uses of fossils are discussed. Additional terminology and concepts: cement, paleontology, fossil fuels, preserved remains, paleontologist, sediments, and limestone.

    (Source: DCMP)

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    3D model of Dinosaur skull of Tyrannosaurus Rex.

    3D Model Dinosaur T-Rex Skull and Base.

    (Source: Thingyverse)

  • Cartoon of a group of large cat-like animals with two protruding fangs. Caption: (narrator) This tells us a little about the life of baby saber-tooths.

    New research reveals why the saber-tooth tiger needed such large teeth.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration of a hyaenodont. Caption: Illustration by Alan Turner and Maurico Anton.

    These hyaenodonts gave the world some of its largest terrestrial, carnivorous mammals ever known. While these behemoths were the apex predators of their time, they were no match for a changing world. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • illustration of Coelophysis. On screen text, dinosaurs. Caption: Female, Coelophysis lived about 220 million years ago.

    Over a thousand dinosaur species once roamed the Earth. Learn which ones were the largest and the smallest, what dinosaurs ate and how they behaved, as well as surprising facts about their extinction.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of two people kneeling next to a dinosaur skull that is larger than they are. Caption: A T. rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds.

    With a rhyming text and paper collage illustrations, author-artist Bob Barner brings dinosaurs back to life and offers fun dinosaur facts. Based on the children's book.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration depicts a pair of dinosaurs fighting each other.

    In 1964, a paleontologist named John Ostrom unearthed some fascinating fossils from the mudstone of Montana. Its discovery set the stage for what’s known today as the dinosaur renaissance: a total rethinking of what scientists thought they knew about dinosaurs. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Fossilized outline of a fish in stone. Caption: and eventually turns to stone.

    The age of dinosaurs comes alive as viewers take a trip back in time. Students will discover how fossils are formed and come to understand that fossils can provide clues about how dinosaurs lived and died. Part of the Real World Science series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Sloped hills leading to a body of water. Caption: from which the Hagerman fossils have been excavated.

    Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals: including saber tooth cat, mastodon, bear, camel, ground sloth, and many other species. Over 3,000 new fossil fragments are found each year.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration of a dinosaur standing on two legs with large teeth and an open mouth. Caption: Roar!

    The dinosaurs were headed for trouble. They ate nothing but junk food. They never brushed their teeth. They stayed up all night, and they jumped off cliffs even though they could not fly. To avoid extinction, they evolved into birds.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Skull of a dimetrodon and a human side by side. The temporal opening on both skulls is highlighted. Caption: allowing for improved chewing and biting capabilities.

    In this episode, host Emily Graslie sets the record straight on prehistoric life and misconceptions found in sci-fi movies. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A close up of an imprint in the shape of a shell left in the rock. Caption: An imprint of the organism is left in the rock.

    Fossils are windows to the past. This program takes a look at how fossils are formed and preserved. Special attention is given to the meaning, significance, and use of fossils in telling about past life on Earth.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A sketch of a dinosaur, and a man is seen standing below. Caption: Argentinosaurus, 35 meters approximately equals 114 feet. 70 metric tons approximately equals 154,000 pounds.

    Long necks gave sauropods a huge advantage when it came to food. This benefit also enabled them to become the biggest terrestrial animals of all time. Part of the “Eons” series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration depicts a pair of reptile like dinosaurs running in a desert. Image credit: Ceri Thomas.

    When pterosaurs first took flight, it may have marked the beginning of the end for the winged reptiles. Some evidence gathered suggests that the power of flight led to evolutionary changes in the reptiles, which may have ultimately led to their downfall. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration of a Daphoenus Demilo.

    Due to their strange combination of bear-like and dog-like traits, these amphicyonids are often colloquially referred to as "bear-dogs." They are closely related to true dogs and a little less related to bears. However, these animals are key to understanding the history of an important branch of the mammal family tree. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Fossilized dinosaur skeleton still partially encased in rock displayed next to a model of the same dinosaur. Caption: Out of those, only a few are really prepared well.

    Discovering a dinosaur is just the first step. Paleontologists Sterling Nesbitt, Mark Norell, and Danny Barta tell the story behind the treasure trove of Triassic fossils from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Part of the "Shelf Life" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • An illustration depicts a theropod dinosaur, looking into a nest with eggs and newborn dinosaurs.

    Paleontologists found a small theropod dinosaur skull right on top of a nest of eggs that were believed to belong to a plant-eating dinosaur. Instead of being the nest robbers that they were originally thought to be, raptors like this one would reveal themselves to actually be caring parents. Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • The sculpture, of a dragon sprawled, at the steps of Kinh Thien palace. Caption: Remains of Kinh Thien Palace.

    People have been discovering the traces and remains of prehistoric creatures for thousands of years. They have also probably been telling stories about fantastic beasts since language became a thing. Is it possible that the monsters that populate myths and legends were influenced by the fossil record? Part of the "Eons" series.

    (Source: DCMP)