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How We Identified One of Earth’s Earliest Animals
217,390 views - 05/28/20
Scientists had no idea what type of organisms the life forms of the Ediacaran were—lichen, colonies of bacteria, fungi or something else....
The Two Viruses That We’ve Had For Millions of Years
303,539 views - 05/20/20
There’s one kind of herpesvirus that’s specific to one species of primate, and each virus split off from the herpesvirus family tree when...
How Plants Caused the First Mass Extinction
806,207 views - 05/12/20
Check out Journey to the Microcosmos: In the middle of the Cambrian, life on land was about to get a...
How the Andes Mountains Might Have Killed a Bunch of Whales
625,279 views - 04/29/20
At a site known as Cerro Ballena or Whale Hill, there are more than 40 skeletons of marine mammals -- a graveyard of ocean life dating...
The Risky Paleo Diets of Our Ancestors
830,635 views - 04/22/20
Our Human Evolution Learning Playlist: We can track our history...
When a Billion Years Disappeared
772,013 views - 04/15/20
In some places, the rocks below the Great Unconformity are about 1.2 billion years older than those above it. This missing chapter in...
How Dogs (Eventually) Became Our Best Friends
1,611,230 views - 03/31/20
We’re still figuring out the details, but most scientists agree that it took thousands of years of interactions to develop our deep bond...
How the Egg Came First
715,724 views - 03/25/20
The story of the egg spans millions of years, from the first vertebrates that dared to venture onto land to today’s mammals, including...
When Penguins Went From The Sky To The Sea
558,251 views - 03/18/20
Thank you for The Great Courses Plus for supporting PBS. To learn more click Today, we think of penguins as...
When the Sahara Was Green
981,643 views - 03/10/20
Check out Antarctic Extremes on PBS Terra: The climate of the Sahara was completely...
How a Hot Planet Created the World's Biggest Snake
1,061,078 views - 02/27/20
About 59 million years ago, the largest animal lurking in the ancient forests of Colombia by far was Titanoboa - the largest snake ever...
When the Rainforests Collapsed
357,945 views - 02/19/20
Check out Animal Wonders! The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse set the stage for a takeover that would be...
A Short Tale About Diplodocus' Long Neck
382,224 views - 02/11/20
Check out PBS Zest: Long necks gave sauropods a huge advantage when it came to food, but not in the way...
How South America Made the Marsupials
320,151 views - 02/04/20
Throughout the Cenozoic Era -- the era we’re in now -- marsupials and their metatherian relatives flourished all over South America,...
The Giant Dinosaur That Was Missing a Body
686,154 views - 01/28/20
From end to end, its forelimbs alone measured an incredible 2.4 meters long and were tipped with big, comma-shaped claws. But other than...
The Neanderthals That Taught Us About Humanity
671,933 views - 01/16/20
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That Time the Mediterranean Sea Disappeared
1,738,858 views - 01/09/20
Download the PBS Video App: How could a body of water as big as the Mediterranean just...disappear?...
The Fuzzy Origins of the Giant Panda
471,895 views - 12/17/19
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The Forgotten Story of the Beardogs
788,591 views - 12/12/19
Because of their strange combination of bear-like and dog-like traits, they’re sometimes confusingly called the beardogs. And even though...
Why Male Mammoths Lost the Game (w/ TierZoo!)
741,574 views - 11/26/19
Eons Socks! Check out Ours Poetica: Woolly mammoths, our...
When Giant Hypercarnivores Prowled Africa
1,048,988 views - 11/19/19
Thanks to Raycon wireless earphones for supporting PBS. Go to to learn more. These hyaenodonts gave the world...
How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)
4,338,628 views - 11/06/19
A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But...
Were These Monsters Inspired by Fossils? (w/ Monstrum!)
877,012 views - 10/29/19
Check out Monstrum's full episode on Cyclops: People have been discovering the traces and remains of...
When Hobbits Were Real
650,098 views - 10/22/19
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The Case of the Dinosaur Egg Thief
355,518 views - 10/16/19
Check out Serving Up Science! Paleontologists found a small theropod dinosaur skull right on top of a nest...
When Antarctica Was Green
1,282,573 views - 10/03/19
Help Eons out and fill out this survey! Before the start of the Eocene Epoch about 56...
When Giant Lemurs Ruled Madagascar
432,939 views - 09/25/19
Our new pin! Just a few thousand years ago, the island of Madagascar...
How Pterosaurs Got Their Wings
500,978 views - 09/18/19
When pterosaurs first took flight, you could say that it marked the beginning of the end for the winged reptiles. Because, strangely...
When Bats Took Flight
703,514 views - 09/11/19
Bats pretty much appear in the fossil record as recognizable, full-on, flying bats. And they show up on all of the continents, except...
The Raptor That Made Us Rethink Dinosaurs
616,321 views - 08/28/19
Get access to our quarterly livestream! In 1964, a paleontologist named John Ostrom unearthed some fascinating...
The Missing Link That Wasn’t
742,202 views - 08/21/19
The myth of the Missing Link--the idea that there must be a specimen that partly resembles an ape but also partly resembles a modern...
Was This Dinosaur a Cannibal?
831,648 views - 08/14/19
Paleontologists have spent the better part of two decades debating whether Coelophysis ate its own kind. It turns out, the evidence that...
When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia
874,854 views - 08/07/19
Megaloceros was one of the largest members of the deer family ever to walk the Earth. The archaeological record is full of evidence that...
How Earth's First, Unkillable Animals Saved the World
951,662 views - 07/30/19
Support us on Patreon: They have survived every catastrophe and every mass extinction event that nature has...
How Volcanoes Froze the Earth (Twice)
1,188,198 views - 07/17/19
Over 600 million years ago, sheets of ice coated our planet on both land and sea. How did this happen? And most importantly for us, why...
When We Met Other Human Species
3,564,106 views - 07/09/19
We all belong to the only group of hominins on the planet today. But we weren’t always alone. 100,000 years ago, Eurasia was home to...
When Ichthyosaurs Led a Revolution in the Seas
757,706 views - 06/25/19
The marine reptiles Ichthyosaurs arose after The Great Dying, which wiped out at least 90 percent of life in the oceans, changing the...
When the Synapsids Struck Back
789,690 views - 06/19/19
Try CuriosityStream today: Synapsids were the world’s first-ever terrestrial megafauna but the vast...
How Evolution Works (And How We Figured It Out)
560,636 views - 06/11/19
Watch the Deep Time Hall livestream here: You can set a reminder on that post to...
The Hellacious Lives of the Hell Pigs
810,339 views - 06/05/19
Try CuriosityStream today: Despite the name, we don’t know where the so-called “hell pigs” belong in the...
The History of Climate Cycles (and the Woolly Rhino) Explained
897,372 views - 05/30/19
Learn more about Hack the Moon at Check out Reactions’s Summer of Space video on the Northern Lights!...
The Ghostly Origins of the Big Cats
1,162,017 views - 05/16/19
Learn more about ExpressVPN: All of today’s big cat species evolved less than 11 million years ago and...
When We Took Over the World
1,127,060 views - 05/07/19
Check out Monstrum! From our deepest origins in Africa all the way to the Americas, by looking at...
The Croc That Ran on Hooves
1,704,484 views - 05/01/19
Our Pocket Shirt!: In the Eocene Epoch, there was a reptile that had...
The Mystery Behind the Biggest Bears of All Time
1,110,575 views - 04/23/19
Our new shirt! The short-faced bears turned out to be remarkably adaptable,...
When We Tamed Fire
1,288,125 views - 04/09/19
Our new shirt! The Best-Of Nature League:...
When Giant Scorpions Swarmed the Seas
856,385 views - 04/02/19
Try Audible for 30 days visit or text eons to 500500! Sea scorpions thrived for 200 million years, coming...
When We First Made Tools
737,243 views - 03/26/19
Try CuriosityStream today: The tools made by our human ancestors may not seem like much when you compare...
The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time
1,367,377 views - 03/12/19
The California condor is the biggest flying bird in North America, a title that it has held since the Late Pleistocene Epoch. It's just...
The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls
992,033 views - 03/05/19
Check out Sound Field: Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was an island--or...
How 7,000 Years of Epic Floods Changed the World (w/ SciShow!)
854,884 views - 02/28/19
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The Evolution of the Heart (A Love Story)
641,611 views - 02/13/19
You can check out Google's Science Journal app at In order to understand where hearts came from, we have to...
The Island of Shrinking Mammoths
663,865 views - 02/05/19
You can check out Google's Science Journal app at The mammoths fossils found on the Channel Islands off the...
The Humans That Lived Before Us
1,830,469 views - 01/29/19
As more and more fossil ancestors have been found, our genus has become more and more inclusive, incorporating more members that look...
How Blood Evolved (Many Times)
1,914,750 views - 01/15/19
Blood is one of the most revolutionary features in our evolutionary history. Over hundreds of millions of years, the way in which blood...
When Humans Were Prey
3,699,677 views - 01/08/19
Not too long ago, our early human ancestors were under constant threat of attack from predators. And it turns out that this difficult...
Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct
11,859,716 views - 12/19/18
For more than 10 million years, Megalodon was at the top of its game as the oceans’ apex predator...until 2.6 million years ago, when it...
When Apes Conquered Europe
791,323 views - 12/11/18
Check out Origin of Everything: Today, our closest evolutionary relatives, the...
When Sharks Swam the Great Plains
1,106,635 views - 12/04/18
Check out Origin of Everything: If you’ve ever been to, or lived in, or even...
How Sloths Went From the Seas to the Trees
1,819,839 views - 11/28/18
The story of sloths is one of astounding ecological variability, with some foraging in the seas, others living underground, and others...
When Camels Roamed North America
1,049,700 views - 11/20/18
Camels are famous for adaptations that have allowed them to flourish where most other large mammals would perish. But their story begins...
When Birds Stopped Flying
682,533 views - 11/14/18
Support us on Patreon! Ratites have spread to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. And there are...
When Rodents Rafted Across the Ocean
650,906 views - 11/06/18
Support us on Patreon! The best evidence we have suggests that, while Caviomorpha originated in South America,...
The Two People We're All Related To
1,718,516 views - 10/23/18
Check out Two Cents: Due to an odd quirk of genetics and some unique...
Your Place in the Primate Family Tree
549,260 views - 10/16/18
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When Giant Amphibians Reigned
1,029,814 views - 10/09/18
Try CuriosityStream today: Temnospondyls were a huge group of amphibians that existed for 210 million...
Can We Get DNA From Fossils?
781,251 views - 10/02/18
In 1993, scientists cracked open a piece of amber, took out the body of an ancient weevil, and sampled its DNA. Or, at least, so we...
Did Raptorex Really Exist?
814,859 views - 09/18/18
Try CuriosityStream today: Paleontologists have been studying and drawing totally different conclusions...
When We First Walked
715,672 views - 09/11/18
Try CuriosityStream today: Fossilized footprints have proved that human ancestors were already striding...
Life, Sex & Death Among the Dire Wolves
865,548 views - 09/06/18
This is not a Game of Thrones fan fiction episode. Dire wolves were real! And thousands of them died in the same spot in California....
The Rise and Fall of the Bone-Crushing Dogs
3,054,697 views - 08/28/18
You can go to to get started on your website! A huge and diverse subfamily of dogs, the bone-crushers patrolled...
How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils
739,080 views - 08/22/18
One of the most dynamic, transformative, and potentially dangerous features in North America is also responsible for some of the...
How Horses Took Over North America (Twice)
1,365,160 views - 08/14/18
The PBSDS Annual Audience Survey: The ancestors of modern horses became so successful that they spread...
When Birds Had Teeth
818,366 views - 08/07/18
Check out ReInventors: Experts are still arguing over whether Archaeopteryx...
When Fish Wore Armor
1,112,698 views - 07/24/18
Check out Hot Mess: 420 million years ago, some fish were more medieval. They...
The Mystery of the Eocene’s Lethal Lake
1,041,377 views - 07/17/18
Check out America from Scratch: In 1800s, miners began working in exposed deposits of mud...
When Insects First Flew
786,306 views - 07/10/18
Insects were the first animals to ever develop the ability to fly, and, arguably, they did it the best. But this development was so...
FAQs From Our First Year
256,886 views - 07/03/18
Over the first season of PBS Eons, we’ve explored the history of Earth from the very origins of life right up to the Cenozoic Era that...
Eons 1-Year Birthday Livestream!!!!
38,041 views - 06/26/18
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How the T-Rex Lost Its Arms
2,787,773 views - 06/26/18
Support us on Patreon! Tyrannosaurus rex was big, Tyrannosaurus rex was vicious, and Tyrannosaurus rex had tiny...
When Fish First Breathed Air
1,284,421 views - 06/19/18
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Eons Is Evolving! Join Us on Patreon!
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Where Did Viruses Come From?
4,404,514 views - 06/12/18
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Why Triassic Animals Were Just the Weirdest
2,670,371 views - 06/05/18
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That Time It Rained for Two Million Years
7,314,149 views - 05/22/18
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From the Fall of Dinos to the Rise of Humans
2,683,978 views - 05/16/18
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The Weird, Watery Tale of Spinosaurus
1,285,793 views - 05/08/18
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The Age of Reptiles in Three Acts
1,624,380 views - 05/02/18
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How the Chalicothere Split In Two
878,385 views - 04/24/18
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How the Squid Lost Its Shell
3,328,341 views - 04/17/18
Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: The ancestors...
What Was the Ancestor of Everything? (feat. PBS Space Time and It’s Okay To Be Smart)
1,292,501 views - 04/11/18
Check out It’s Okay To Be Smart’s video for more about the origins of life on earth: And check out PBS Space...
Inside the Dinosaur Library
208,090 views - 04/02/18
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The Most Useful Fossils in the World
482,313 views - 03/26/18
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What a Dinosaur Looks Like Under a Microscope
253,989 views - 03/19/18
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How the Turtle Got Its Shell
1,801,046 views - 03/12/18
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The Other Explosion You Should Know About
728,541 views - 03/05/18
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How Sex Became a Thing
614,463 views - 02/26/18
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From the Cambrian Explosion to the Great Dying
1,580,035 views - 02/20/18
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The Whole Saga of the Supercontinents
1,313,443 views - 02/12/18
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The Great Snake Debate
1,482,027 views - 02/05/18
Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: 90 million...
Untangling the Devil's Corkscrew
1,650,061 views - 01/29/18
Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: In the late...