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When Giant Amphibians Reigned

Thanks to Curiosity Stream for supporting PBS Digital Studios. 120 million years ago, southern Australia sat within the Antarctic circle. And for about half the year, the skies were dark, and the land was intolerably cold. But it was here, near the bottom of the world, that the last member of a great dynasty made …

The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts

The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts

A quarter of a billion years ago, an epic story was starting to unfold all over the world. The heroes of this saga were the survivors of a near apocalypse. They emerged from it as humble creatures, but in time, they came to dominate the Earth. These were the reptiles, which grew to become some …

Is this Bird a Living Dinosaur?

Is this Bird a Living Dinosaur?

– Ryan just opened up the gates. I think the Cassowary’s on its way out. Kinda nervous now. – [Voiceover] All right. – Oh yeah, you don’t really think about it until the dinosaur’s actually coming towards you. Oh my gosh. It’s big. (laughs) – [Voiceover] Is it bigger than you thought it would be? …

Untangling the Devil’s Corkscrew

Untangling the Devil’s Corkscrew

Imagine you’re a paleontologist in the late 1800s, working among the sandy rocks of Nebraska. You’re searching for fossils in the Harrison Formation — a big swath of siltstone, sandstone, and volcanic ash dating back to the Miocene Epoch some 22 million years ago. And suddenly you find a huge coil of hardened sand stuck …