Can We Get DNA From Fossils?

From PBS Eons. 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 thought. It took another few decades of research, and a lot of take-backs, before scientists could figure out how we could truly unlock the genetic secrets…

Did Raptorex Really Exist?

From PBS Eons. Try CuriosityStream today: http://curiositystream.com/eons Paleontologists have been studying and drawing totally different conclusions about the fossil LH PV18 for almost a decade. Is it just one of many specimens of a theropod called Tarbosaurus bataar or is it an entirely different theropod named Raptorex kriegsteini? In order to answer this question, you…

Life, Sex & Death Among the Dire Wolves

From PBS Eons. 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. Their remains have taught us volumes about how they lived, hunted, died and way more about any animal’s sex life than you’d ever want to know. Produced…

How a Supervolcano Made the Cenozoic’s Coolest Fossils

From PBS Eons. One of the most dynamic, transformative, and potentially dangerous features in North America is also responsible for some of the continent’s most amazing fossil deposits. It’s a supervolcano we now call Yellowstone. Thanks to Rick Otto and the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park for their help with this episode! Produced in…

When Insects First Flew

From PBS Eons. Insects were the first animals to ever develop the ability to fly, and, arguably, they did it the best. But this development was so unusual that scientists are still/working on, and arguing about, how and when insect wings first came about. Special thanks to Franz Anthony for the beautiful insect reconstructions. You…

FAQs From Our First Year

From PBS Eons. 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 we’re in now. To celebrate our first anniversary together, we’d like to answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital…

Eons 1-Year Birthday Livestream!!!!

From PBS Eons. Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios Super special thanks to the following Patreon patrons for helping make Eons possible: Aldo Espinosa Zúñiga, Svetlana Pylaeva, Colin Sylvester, Philip Slingerland, John Vanek, Jose Garcia, Noah offitzer, Eric Vonk, Tony Wamsley, Henrik Peteri, Jonathan Wright, Wilco Verweij, Jon Monteiro, James Bording, Brad Nicholls,…