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Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

Dietary Detective: Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...

Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark? File under: dogs and communication.

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Who was the first human?

The question “Who was the first human?” was a very popular one in our house just last year, but the evolution videos we had in the archives – even the awesome – didn’t answer ...

Dessin sur sable (sand drawings): Evolution of Earth

The universe, underwater creatures, and great dinosaurs come alive in sand. Dessin sur sable (sand drawings) by Jin Lee: Evolution of Earth. via Daily Picks and Flicks.

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was als...

Thailand’s Moken people have incredibly clear underwater vision

In this extraordinary adaptation strategy, Thailand’s Moken sea gypsies can see twice as clearly underwater by controlling the size of their pupils. What was generally considered an automatic reflex for the res...

TED Ed: How did feathers evolve?

In this beautifully illustrated lesson from TED Ed, science writer and educator Carl Zimmer explains some answers to the question, How did feathers evolve?  From his article in National Geographic:  Most of us wi...

Karl Sims’ Evolved Virtual Creatures (1994)

Karl Sims is a digital media artist, computer graphics research scientist, and software entrepreneur. His influential artificial life computer animations, like this one from 1994, were progra...

Melody Sheep: Our Story in 1 Minute

Our Story in 1 Minute: A tapestry of footage tracing the cosmic and biological origins of our species, set to original music. 

The Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat has a crazy-long tongue

The Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat and the flower of the plant species Centropogon Nigricans, both of Ecuador, are very unique. Why? Because without this specific bat to pollinate this specific flower...

TED Ed: Five fingers of evolution

From TEDEd, there is a five finger trick for understanding and remembering the five processes — small population, non-random mating, mutations, gene flow, adaptation — that impact ...