The Giant Bird That Got Lost Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct 2 days ago   08:55

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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 one example of an organism that we share the planet with today that seems lost in time, out of place in our world.

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AirIUnderwater
I came here for knowledge, but got feels instead. :(
Sol Soman
Hi you should do a video on the giant "Water King" penguin!
Sedithke
This one is among the most interesting episodes of the series! Thank you!
AMLIfied
Amazing to think that they managed to rebound back from a population of only 23. At those numbers it would have been all too easy for their lineage to end right there. I can think of several animals that were similarly attempted to be preserved, like several species of rhinos, or more relatable for me the Tasmanian tiger (granted this was back in the 30s), but with diminishing results until extinction.
Mitchell Juillerat
Love to see a video based on the age old question. “Which came first, the chicken or the egg”
Dylan Gosney
You should also do a video on the benefits of bringing North and South American species back from the evolutionary graveyard and talk about how wolves changed Yosemite. You may have done a video on that, but if not you totally should. My previous comment is more interesting in my opinion however
Dylan Gosney
Will you do a video on why Dinosaurs were reptiles instead of amphibians. I've always thought it was interesting that while amphibians are older there's larger specimens and more hype over reptiles because of the dinos
International Harvester
La Vaquita, por favor.
Jake Smith
A video on Cenozoic reef history would be nice
Emily Moss
Can you do a video explaining how such a gigantic bird takes off?
Eric Ritchie
TIL that North America had a cheetah.
Kevin Lucero
Could u guys do a video about the Australian megafauna
Deja Spriggs
Cue the Dee Reynolds jokes
RaptorLover :3
Goddamn that's one sad bird
Angry Panda
Idk if you would make this into a video but here's my Question.

Question: Did any dinosaurs interbreed and have hybrid offspring that would be sterile or fertile?
Jeremy Backman
I grew up in Casper Wyoming and have literally seen pronghorn run 60ish mph for bursts. It is insane how fast they are.
Alon Symons
Would look it if you guys could do something on the evolution of venom, their associated ducts and why snakes don't poison themselves
Erik H.
Can you do a video about animals that lived their whole life. Like how often is it that something doesn't get eatn or crushed and lives its full life span. I hope I worded that well.
Dr Pancake Face
With all the wild boar in the Midwest I'm surprised these birds aren't doing better there. That's a lot of large animals that eventually die.
Patrick
See, they used to go to Canada, but since we put up borders now they don’t. That’s why they’re going extinct.
THE WALL KILLS ANIMALS

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Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct The Giant Bird That Got Lost 2 days ago   11:13

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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 went extinct. So, what happened to the largest shark in history?

Thanks as always to Nobumichi Tamura for allowing us to use his wonderful paleoart: http://spinops.blogspot.com/

And thanks to Joschua Knüppe and Studio 252mya for the illustration of Piscobalaena. You can find more of Joschua's work here: https://www.deviantart.com/hyrotrioskjan

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Katie Fichtner, Anthony Callaghan, Neil H. Gray, Marilyn Wolmart, Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle, Gregory Donovan, Ehit Dinesh Agarwal, سلطان الخليفي, Gabriel Cortez, Marcus Lejon, Anel Salas, Robert Arévalo, Robert Hill, Kelby Reid, Todd Dittman, Betsy Radley, PS, Colin Sylvester, Philip Slingerland, John Vanek, Jose Garcia, Eric Vonk, Tony Wamsley, Henrik Peteri, Jonathan Wright, Jon Monteiro, James Bording, Brad Nicholls, Miles Chaston, Michael McClellan, Jeff Graham, Maria Humphrey, Nathan Paskett, Connor Jensen, Sapjes, Daisuke Goto, Hubert Rady, Yuntao Zhou, Gregory Kintz, Tyson Cleary, Chandler Bass, Maly Lor, Joao Ascensao, Tsee Lee, Sarah Fritts, Ruben Winter, Ron Harvey Jr, Jacob Gerke, Alex Yan

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