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Reverse engineering the locomotion of a prehistoric reptile ancestor

You can tell a lot about an animal from the way it moves, which is why scientists have been recreating the movements of an extinct crocodile-like creature called Orobates pabsti. Orobates lived well before the time of...

The turret spider’s camouflaged towers

Mud, moss, bark, leaves, and other forest materials cover the towers made by California turret spiders, camouflaging these unusual lairs. Inside, the towers are lined with white silk and can extend six inches down int...

Why do geese fly in V formation?

Why do geese fly in a V formation? In this episode of World By Charlie, our friend Charlie Engelman observes some origami geese to better understand how the vortices of air behind their wings shape their signature V-f...

Feeding Rothschild’s giraffes

Get an up-close look at the tallest animals on the planet: Giraffes. In this episode of Are We There Yet? from National Geographic Kids, program educator Daniel gives siblings Rosie and Julian a tour of the Giraffe Ce...

The Multiplying Rabbits Riddle

After years of experiments, you’ve finally created the pets of the future – nano-rabbits! They’re tiny, they’re fuzzy ... and they multiply faster than the eye can see. But a rival lab has sabotaged you, threatening t...

The Living Fossil Fish – Animated Life

In 1938, South African museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer came across a strange blue fin poking out of a pile of fish. With its fleshy, lobed fins and its tough armored scales, the coelacanth did not look like ...

Biobots and the animals that inspire their designs

Review some of the cutting-edge designs inspired by the physiology of animals: Biobots. This Wired video shares how roboticists use nature's solutions to create snakebots, jumping bush baby bots, bots with gecko feet,...

Pink River Dolphins of the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon River Dolphin, also called the boutu, boto, or bufeo, is the largest of the freshwater dolphins, and like all freshwater dolphins it is endangered because of hunting, human pressures, and degradation of hab...

Emperor penguin chicks defend against a giant petrel

How can a group of emperor penguin chicks protect themselves against predators as they take their first journey to the water without their parents? They create a defensive circle, stand as tall as they can, and peck a...

Baby capybaras jostle a sleeping parent

Watch baby capybaras jostle a sleeping parent in these videos filmed by Tokyo-based capybara photographer Katsuhito Watanabe. The semiaquatic mammals live at the Hitachi City Kamine Zoo in Ibaraki Prefecture. T...

The Green Dragontail Butterfly in slow motion

This stunning slow-motion footage of the Green Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera meges) was filmed by insect enthusiast Kazuo Unno during a trip to northern Thailand. The dragontails are a species of swallowtail butte...

Lost and Found, a bittersweet stop-motion short

"A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life." Lost and Found is a bittersweet, potentially tear-inducing story about a crocheted Amigurumi fox and dinosaur who live in a Japanes...

Isle of Dogs’ stop-motion sushi-making scene

Stop-motion artists spend hours and hours making very short animated scenes look alive, smooth, and rich with detail. This time-lapse by Andy Biddle showcases that intricate work with a sushi-making scene in Wes Ander...

The expertise of killer whale grandmothers

Pods of killer whales [also known as orcas] inhabit the waters of every major ocean on Earth. Each family is able to survive thanks mainly to one member, its most knowledgeable hunter: the grandmother. These matriarch...

Hummingbird Battleground in the Talamanca Mountains

The presence of a backyard hummingbird feeder can reveal the competitive nature of hummingbirds. Notorious for chasing each other away from nectar sources, hummingbirds are territorial because they need to stay fueled...

Saving the Island Fox

How did a team of conservationists, veterinarians, and volunteers help a rare species of fox come back from the brink of extinction? And why did this little fox almost go extinct in the first place? This is the st...

Crow herding with urban falconry in Portland

“Downtown Portland seems to be a very inviting place for crows and I think the reason for that is due to the presence of garbage and food and lights and warmth, and it’s a relatively predator-free environment,” [bird ...

Which animals have tusks?

What are animal tusks and which animals have them? This Animal Autofill video from Nat Geo Wild introduces the tusks of the narwhal and the babirusa. We also see how African elephants and walruses use their tusks. Mor...

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