• An Antarctic plesiosaur.

    Oldest Antarctic "Sea Monster" Found

    Swam Warm Antarctic Seas 85 Million Years Ago

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Prehistoric Features

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    Bizarre Dinosaurs

    A bizarre gallery of Mesozoic monsters prompts John Updike to ask: What has evolution wrought?

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    Flying Monsters 3D

    Could flying monsters have existed? With cutting-edge 3-D filming technology and CGI, Flying Monsters 3D recreates spectacular pterosaurs and brings these giant flying creatures to life.

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    Prehistoric World

    Discover and explore prehistoric times with galleries, time lines, quizzes, and more.

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    Mass Extinctions

    More than 90 percent of all organisms that have ever lived on Earth are extinct. Learn how millions of creatures can disappear in a geological blink of an eye—and see what might be next.

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    Photo Gallery: Permian Period

    Peer into the flourishing world of the Permian, when a wealth of new animals appeared⎯before nearly all life on Earth was wiped out in a mass extinction.

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Big Cat Week

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    Tracking Orphaned Cougars in the Wild

    The cougar is one of the iconic animals of the Americas. Its range stretches from the Yukon to the southern tip of Chile, yet it has been one of the least understood of all the big cats, until now.

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    The Safari Live Bingo Challenge

    Bring the beauty of Africa into your home. Watch and play along for your chance to win a Safari to Tanzania from National Geographic Expeditions.



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    It’s a Big Cat Throwdown

    Sometimes big cats find themselves in big spats. Check out some of the fiercest battles from Big Cat Week.