The Giant Bird That Got Lost The Ghostly Origins of the Big Cats 1 day 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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Rhys Ford
Fun fact, when the condors were taken into captivity to save them from extinction the conservationists inadvertently drove 3 other species extinct, as part of keeping the birds healthy they were all wormed and deloused, sounds sensible until you realize 3 of their parasites were exclusive to the condor and didnt occur anywhere other than in these birds :/
Knighthawk D
I live near Pinnacles and I've seen em there. So cool.
Paul McEwen
Only a chicken compared to the extinct Haast Eagle in New Zealand 🇳🇿
peter papadimitriou
Neat
nerdyninjatemptress
Please do a whole video on biological anachronisms!!
Ray C
haha still remember doing a school project on this bird when I was 8. Biggest carnivorous bird in North America? Yes please. Wasn't super excited about the fact that it looked like it had a turkey head
Jordan Smith
Thankful ive been able to see this ancient bird in my lifetime. But I also think some creatures were supposed to go extinct. Humans becoming gods that decide who lives and who dies Is so unnatural. Based on the information in this video, we weren't the main contributers of their downfall so let them fade with their peers.
Cynthia Nicola
The California Condor is disappearing due to death from poaching.
Rex Lupus Etxe
Wow! Beautiful video thanks.
nancy barnes
ionly have one last request,please tell the story of the extinction of the independent american farmer/. please explain to the readers how the changing socio economics, po;itical imperatives blind consumerism and callo elitism of the congress have destroyed the most productive , loyal , and independent among us. reduced from millions to now only 700,000. thank you.
Gabe Morehouse
We could breed them to be smaller.
RELANDREL
should we protect endangered species by nature ? (not by us!)
i mean if nature and the environment isn't suitable for X species for example, should we save it only for our own gain?
maybe nature current status isn't beneficial from this species.
Patty and Buster Show
They were hunted by California farmers
Frodo Baggins
So basically, seeing it is as rare and beautiful as when Ash and Pikachu saw Ho-oh on the first episode?
Red_ Panda
I get surprised by seeing a usual bird found everywhere.
Oh My Lord Taecyeon
23. Only 23. Feewww. Close one
Control Z Channel
In Tennessee, my cousin and I ran across a vulture unexpectedly. It flew out of high weeds in front of us and scared the hell out of us. It was massive.
Fabio Lacerda
Ancient remains of horses in America? Horses came with the Europeans in the 1400... 🤔
Laurel Cook
At my school we are going to see a condor at a zoo by my school in June.
One misconception about zoos is that they are for entertainment. While the animals at my zoo are used in education programs, they are never for putting on display. The condor we have is always an injured one being rehabilitated so they can be released later on. The zoo by my school has created 3 amor tigers to help revive the population.
SaltyGrim
The title looks like a good game name or something
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The Ghostly Origins of the Big Cats The Giant Bird That Got Lost 1 day ago   08:32

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All of today’s big cat species evolved less than 11 million years ago and yet their evolutionary history remains an almost total mystery. But scientists have recently discovered a major clue about the origins of the big cats, one that could provide a whole new starting place for solving this puzzle.

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