When Humans Were Prey

In 1924, a worker at a limestone quarry in the town of Taung, South Africa made an incredible discovery. It was the fossilized skull of a juvenile hominin, a member of the human lineage that includes us and all of our ancestors that came after our split with chimpanzees and bonobos. That little skull became Read more…

Resurrection Biology: How to Bring Animals Back From Extinction

In May 2013, Russian researchers found a perfectly preserved Woolly Mammoth carcass frozen in the ice on an island off Siberia. As if it were pulled straight out of a meat locker, the animal’s body still had fresh red muscle tissue, and the real prize, liquid blood. The female mammoth had been laying there like Read more…

How to Cut a Trail in Amazonia

– This is the trail into camp. This is el comedor, the dining area. This is Nigel’s tent. This is the biologist work station. This is the helipad. This is where we wash our clothes. This is our bathing area. There’s an electric eel in there. – Iquitos, Iquitos, campamento Iquitos. ?? – The camp Read more…

Chicago Adventure, Part Seven: Octopus Sex

The Chicago Field Museum is one of the largest and most respected natural history museums in the world. Join me as we go behind the scenes! Dun dun dun! Would you like a chair? Sure. Is there one? – Grab that red one. I’ll grab the… Hoo. We know more about Mars anymore than we Read more…

The Nervous System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P #8

This morning was a typical morning for me. I woke up thinking about that dream that I keep having about the guy in the sloth suit, and then I got dressed because I was cold, and then I made some toast with butter ‘cause I was hungry, and then I let the dog out ‘cause Read more…

4 Parasites Too Creepy to Exist

Thanks to Brilliant for supporting this whole week of SciShow! Go to Brilliant.org/SciShow to learn more. [♪ INTRO] Of all the strategies life has developed for survival, parasitism is among the most popular. A parasite is an organism that makes its living taking resources from another, called the host. Parasites give nothing back and often Read more…

Two Bats and a Spider

– We’re looking for bats! Mario, our mammalogist, has set up a couple of mist nets that kinda traverse the trail that we have here, so there are some running this way and some running cross-ways. So bats will fly around kinda familiar paths at night, and oftentimes they’ll turn off their sonar if it’s, Read more…

Beetles, Mites, Cockroaches Oh My! [Insect Collection Tour]

We’re back with Crystal down here in the pinned Insect collection at The Field Museum! So the Insect Collection is the largest collection in the Field Museum It is, there is about twelve millions insects specimens and there is about four millions specimens right here in this room So the other…eight million are..? – They Read more…

Camouflage: Animal Hide & Seek

Shh! We’re playing hide and seek! But, I can’t seem to find Squeaks. Can you? [Soft music playing] Hah! Found yah! [Giggles] Here at the fort, we’re pretty good at hide and seek. You know why? Because we’ve learned a lot of great tricks from nature! There are lots of kinds of animals that have Read more…