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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.
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.
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.
3D Model Dinosaur T-Rex Skull and Base.
New research reveals why the saber-tooth tiger needed such large teeth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.