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Ancient Creature of the Deep
Read the correspondence of the museum curator who rediscovered the Coelacanth, take a Coelacanth quiz, and examine the unusual anatomy of this ancient fish.

Arctic Dinosaurs
Find out from the program producer what it was like to shoot a film in northern Alaska's remote and forbidding terrain.

Curse of T. rex
Explore the cast of animals, plants, and insects that lived alongside the dinosaurs and find out how dinosaur hunters know where to dig.

Evolution: Extinction!
Consider whether humans are in the midst of a modern mass extinction, explore hypotheses and evidence for various theories for why dinosaurs vanished, and find information on the basic questions about evolution.

Four-Winged Dinosaur, The
Read more about why the origin of flight is so controversial, take a look at fossils of animals and plants that existed alongside Microraptor, compare the skeletons of Microraptorand its relatives, and conduct your own virtual wind-tunnel experiment.

Jewel of the Earth
Find out what is so compelling about insects in amber, follow a bee's journey from when it first became trapped in amber millions of years ago until now, see photos of amber inclusions, and learn where amber can be found worldwide.

Last Extinction
Learn more about the hypotheses for why America's big beasts went extinct at the end of the Ice Age, see a simulation an asteroid exploded in the Earths atmosphere and explore an interactive map of possible pre-Clovis sites.

Missing Link, The
Explore the history of life on Earth, find out what life is like as a fossil preparator, and see how random mutations in a creature population can bring about evolutionary change.

NOVA scienceNOW: T. rex
Watch the segment, see a growth curve for Tyrannosaurus rex from birth to 28 years old, and try to identify a noise related to T. rex.

NOVA scienceNOW: T. Rex Blood?
Watch the segment, see what paleontologists discovered in dinosaur bones, and read answers to questions about preservation of soft tissues in ancient fossils.

Origins: Back to the Beginning
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Earth is Born
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: How Life Began
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

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