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An Object at Rest: A stone’s adventure through time

An Object at Rest is Seth Boyden's final thesis film at CalArts. He writes: This year's story follows the life of a stone as he travels over the course of millions of years, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human...

Dreadnoughtus: A New Dinosaur Discovery

Fossils from one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth -- the 77-million-year-old, 65-ton Dreadnoughtus (meaning "fear nothing") schrani -- were discovered and unearthed in Southern Patagonia, Argentina, bet...

How did feathers evolve? – TED Ed

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 will n...

How do we know what color dinosaurs were?

The meat-eating microraptor was a black-feathered, four-winged dinosaur. How do we know its feathers were black? The evidence is in the microraptors' fossils. This TED Ed explains. Plus, more from Wikipedia: In Mar...

Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructs the face of Homo naledi

Paleoartist John Gurche is known for his award-winning reconstructions of our ancient human ancestors. His process of mixing forensic accuracy with emotional realism has been featured in documentaries by National Geog...

Melodious stone instruments called lithophones

An idiophone, the lithophone is a set of rocks -- granite, fossilized coral, petrified wood, and other melodious stones -- that are played by striking them. They've been made in a variety of forms all around the globe...

How do trees survive winter? – MinuteEarth

Fossil records tell us that about 250 million years ago, there wasn't a tree on Earth that was designed to survive temperatures below freezing. They were all built for life in the tropics where it's always warm, water...

Fossil Sharks – The Brain Scoop

The Megalodon Shark and Helicoprion: two mysterious, extinct sharks that have left fossilized clues of their existence in the form of their teeth (and some vertebrae). Get a close look at the largest shark tooth and a...

Why are sloths so slow?

Around 35 million years ago, Earth was populated with giant, prehistoric ground sloths like Megalonyx jeffersonii (named after Thomas Jefferson), Paramylodon, and Megatherium who, until around 10,000 years ago, roamed...

Deep in the caves with Homo Naledi & the Rising Star Expedition

More than 1,500 individual bones and teeth of at least 15 skeletons of Homo naledi were excavated by an all-woman "underground astronaut" team during the 2013/14 Rising Star Expedition. Homo naledi is a new species in...

Fossil hunting in unexplored dinosaur country

This is what it's like to be a paleontologist out in the field, from waking at dawn's first light, to digging in the rocks, to wrapping or jacketing finds, to gathering around the campfire, exhausted and covered with ...

Paleontology 101 with Dr. Lindsay Zanno

From Untamed Science, a tour with Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  The key things she emphasized wer...

Petrified Forest National Park & how petrified wood is made

Fallen coniferous trees from 211-218 million years ago can be found scattered across the desert of eastern Arizona in the form of petrified wood. Made primarily from quartz, these geological wonders are actually fossi...

Siats Meekerorum: The newly-discovered mega-predatory dinosaur

Meet Siats (pronounced SEE-otts) Meekerorum, the first giant mega-predator to be discovered in North America — specifically in the Utah desert — in over 60 years. In this Untamed Science video, we ...

How Do Pelicans Survive Their Death-Defying Dives?

Unlike American White Pelicans, who scoop up fish at the water's surface, California’s brown pelicans rocket down from the sky, plunging toward the ocean from as high as 65 feet. This episode of Deep Look explains how...

Meet the Titanosaur at AMNH

A mighty Titanosaur, the recently-discovered herbivore that measures 37.186 meters (122 feet) long, now stands on the fourth floor of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. Its discovery is so recent (201...

How Do You Dismantle a Dino? (Very Carefully)

We've learned a lot about dinosaur anatomy since displays of their bones were set up at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "anywhere from the early 1900s through 1940s, 50s, and 60s." As a par...

In Search of Fossil Fish – The Brain Scoop

Go fishing for 52-million year old fish with Emily Graslie of The Brain Scoop. In this episode, she's In Search of Fossil Fish with The Field Museum at Wyoming's Fossil Lake, an early Eocene treasure trove of fossiliz...

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