The Time Terror Birds Invaded

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  • Publicado el 22 ene 2018
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    About 5 million years ago, a new predator made its way from the south and onto the coastal plains of North America. It was a giant, flightless, carnivorous bird and came to be known by one of the coolest and most richly earned nicknames in all of paleontology: the terror bird.
    Correction! Thanks to Ben Creisler for pointing out that at 4:10, we mixed up the Paleogene Period with the Neogene Period. We regret the error and hope you still find these birds as terrifying as we do.
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    References:
    advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/8/e1600883
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Comentarios • 1 002

  • MechanicalValve TimeTraveler

    Quetzalcoatle!!!!!

  • rohit sangale
    rohit sangale Hace 6 d铆as

    but what happened to terror birds in south america ..?

  • Bud Borne
    Bud Borne Hace 10 d铆as

    This is why there so annoying in Ark

  • shai miara
    shai miara Hace 10 d铆as

    By terror birds you mean the old name of the species - Diatryma/Gastronis?

  • Zar Doz
    Zar Doz Hace 11 d铆as

    For a more accurate portrayal, PBS should show the shorelines with vegetation according to the sea levels. That way it less confusing with the shaded blue areas. Maybe help people understand that millions of years later why humans and possibly the Hominina ancestors may have actually crossed from continent to continent in vast world migrations that have been taking place many many tens of thousands of years before is academically accepted.

  • Legendary Pickle
    Legendary Pickle Hace 11 d铆as

    *Dodos on steroids*

  • SPudrKid
    SPudrKid Hace 12 d铆as

    I wish terror birds were still alive they would have been cool and terrifying

  • Vanessa Aguilar
    Vanessa Aguilar Hace 12 d铆as

    1:11 why do they look like a boy band? Check out Terror Birds New Hit single:
    Eat You Alive!

  • cynical_misanthropic_nihilist

    Awww, they're like a giant , sociopathic Tweetybird.

  • Please Subscribe To Me
    Please Subscribe To Me Hace 15 d铆as +1

    Terror Birds: I fear no man... but that thing *points at KFC*...it scares me

  • sharkfinbite
    sharkfinbite Hace 17 d铆as

    Do you people realize since this is a bird, it could swallow larger stuff whole than other animals? If you ever paid attention to nature doc.'s and birds in real life they tend to be able to gulf things down at larger sizes. A cassowary can swallow a cassowary fruit easily. A sea gull is known to have shown in a video to gulf down a pigeon whole. Then there is that one video of wild birds sneaking up and literally swallowing baby chicks whole... alive. This means this beast possibly swallowed small mammals maybe the size of a cat whole.. alive.

  • NexusSpacey
    NexusSpacey Hace 19 d铆as

    3:46 isn't that funny

  • Michael Northwood
    Michael Northwood Hace 20 d铆as

    The North is just better.

  • Pikachu and pichu with friends

    1:11 the 3rd one is a cockatiel in a nutshell.

  • indrajeet
    indrajeet Hace 24 d铆as

    There were preadtory mammals in south america like marsupial lions.

  • GamingCreeper
    GamingCreeper Hace 24 d铆as

    Hmm ok.. the Gastornis.

  • Siham Noor
    Siham Noor Hace 25 d铆as

    Looks like a crazy dodo

  • Branden apexo
    Branden apexo Hace 26 d铆as

    Kiiiinnnda glad these went extinct o__o

  • CloudsGirl7
    CloudsGirl7 Hace 26 d铆as

    ...So the flut-fluts from Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy were REAL?! Some of these illustrations/renderings certainly bring them to mind for me. Only the real things (or at least some of them) were clearly much bigger, holy crap...

  • Brendan thoj
    Brendan thoj Hace 27 d铆as

    Wow that鈥檚 a new one - immigrants from North America

  • zillailluhr
    zillailluhr Hace 28 d铆as

    I wish my nickname was *THE TERROR BIRD*

  • Steve Lawrie
    Steve Lawrie Hace 29 d铆as

    There are quite a few birds that today beat the daylights out of their prey. One of those is the Australian Kookaburra.

  • movie clips
    movie clips Hace un mes

    Please say about life in ice age

  • Lute The Mage
    Lute The Mage Hace un mes

    Glyptodon! Diprotodon! Giant ducks! Moa! Megatherium. Please do videos on these.

  • Darth Awar
    Darth Awar Hace un mes

    They just should have built a wall a great wall the best wall!

  • Robert R
    Robert R Hace un mes

    3m tall? That's taller than any estimate I've read.

  • Blues BX
    Blues BX Hace un mes

    GIANT CARNIVORUS YOSHIS WITH FEATHERS

  • Josefin Nord
    Josefin Nord Hace un mes

    Such beautuful birds..

  • Brad Campbell
    Brad Campbell Hace un mes

    Seriously annoyed with JP and depicting dinosaurs that make noise and pose after a kill of any kind. Seems like human emotional elements added where none existed. You don't roar after a kill and prance about. Or something will chase you off your kill and eat it for you..

  • Vin Mag
    Vin Mag Hace un mes

    Do a history on the moors

  • ANO NYM
    ANO NYM Hace un mes

    You guys should really do an episode about the Great American Biotic Interchange as a whole!

  • Michael Salter
    Michael Salter Hace un mes

    鈥淢ember that time when the terror birds invaded? Member that? ... that was awesome.鈥

  • favoejr
    favoejr Hace un mes

    They forgot Gastornis

  • Serasia
    Serasia Hace un mes

    Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel features a terror bird. It's a nice read. It's set 600 billion years ago with a lot of prehistoric animals featured.

  • Johnny Aingel
    Johnny Aingel Hace un mes +1

    Excellent video thank you so much for sharing this incredible story

  • Mi NX
    Mi NX Hace un mes

    I'm imagining a giant Titanis w. just kind of *floating* right now. It's kind of like a buoy. Of death.

  • Cherry Bomb
    Cherry Bomb Hace un mes +1

    The love of my budgie sends me here

  • Muratty and Technobear
    Muratty and Technobear Hace un mes +1

    Vid about scare birb

  • seattwa
    seattwa Hace un mes

    I wonder why Terror Birds are never in any movies?

  • Xuan Luu
    Xuan Luu Hace un mes

    Giant armadillo and ground sloth survived in the north because they have dangerous weapon that would take out predator

  • Sierra Spencer
    Sierra Spencer Hace un mes

    I THOUGHT TERRORBIRDS WERE A FANTASY CREATURE
    I鈥橫 IN SHOCK

  • Nstone53
    Nstone53 Hace un mes

    We need to clone the Terror Bird and cross it's dna with a yellow cockatiel. I want my Chocobo damn it! XD

  • thisguynamedbrian
    thisguynamedbrian Hace un mes

    So Chocabos

  • Sarah James
    Sarah James Hace un mes

    so what u r telling me
    is that chocobos were real once upon a time??

  • Jonathan Berrios
    Jonathan Berrios Hace un mes

    Wait how did it get across the Panama Canal

  • Renzo Kollauzz
    Renzo Kollauzz Hace 2 meses

    I hate those damn birds in ark

  • luca heines
    luca heines Hace 2 meses

    Worse than chicken ticklers

  • My Pillow
    My Pillow Hace 2 meses +1

    I've dreamed about the Terror Bird before I ever heard of it, It was my dream extinct flightless bird and it still is, Although it was alive at some time I stil love them, They are one of my favorite extinct birds. When I heard of Terror Birds I wanted to cry of happiness and no it's not weird or overreacting I just literally made a "made up" bird my favorite flightless extinct bird but, It's real and extinct. I am not lying ._. (Just to let you know.)

  • Ana Rosero
    Ana Rosero Hace 2 meses

    I WANT TO SEE A GIANT SLOTH

  • Ana Rosero
    Ana Rosero Hace 2 meses

    _t e r r o r b i r d_

  • Klaus Rasch
    Klaus Rasch Hace 2 meses

    Noe that dodos became peaceful it became extinct

  • chieftech714
    chieftech714 Hace 2 meses +1

    love the channel

  • cs292
    cs292 Hace 2 meses

    Shoebill

  • Elliott Bock
    Elliott Bock Hace 2 meses

    Was walking with beast accurate when terror birds lived along with Smilodon?

  • Vhailor Mithras
    Vhailor Mithras Hace 2 meses

    Here's hoping you see this. Could you do an episode about Orcas? They're the only whale-like animal in the ocean with teeth, and I heard they evolved from a wolf-like animal. It a big leap going from hunting on land to hunting at sea.

  • I'am a Redguard!
    I'am a Redguard! Hace 2 meses

    So basically these are the ancestors of the cassowary?

  • I'am a Redguard!
    I'am a Redguard! Hace 2 meses

    Why do your video titles sound like the beginnings of a Sci-Fi book!

  • Evernewb
    Evernewb Hace 2 meses

    huh, no mention of the one thing I've seen said about them in every single other spot I've seen terror birds mentioned: most species of them that functioned as predators functioned as rushdown predators and had one critical weakness in that regard: they couldn't turn all that well while running at speed, this put them at a big disadvantage anywhere that wasn't an open plane with enough cover for them to get close.
    ironically enough every piece of fiction I've read/watched portrays them as hyper-agile forest predators with a thing for climbing trees.

  • TheClasher202
    TheClasher202 Hace 2 meses

    Terror bird is number one, but imagine if the thing could fly

  • Crazywaffle5150
    Crazywaffle5150 Hace 2 meses

    Humans would have taken the out anyways lol.

  • Observations from the Bunker

    Terror birds went extinct before their true opponent could have arrived. That would be bands of Clovis Man wondering if terror birds tasted like chicken or turkey.

  • Melissa Fletcher
    Melissa Fletcher Hace 2 meses

    Cover the evolution of mammalian predators? Canine feline ect.

  • juan martin
    juan martin Hace 2 meses

    And that explains how chihuahuas love to eat chicken and turkey nowadays..

  • Dirt Apple
    Dirt Apple Hace 2 meses

    Just need a terror bird saddle.

  • Stephen Langrio
    Stephen Langrio Hace 2 meses

    What if small dinos that survive the meteor evolved into terror birds?

  • Bestcool5
    Bestcool5 Hace 2 meses

    Bird T. rex I鈥檓 so right

  • AM D
    AM D Hace 2 meses

    Glaciers never made it close to where Titanis lived, but it did start getting colder and drier. There would have been significant floral turnover which may have lead to the extinction of Titanis prey species.

  • HiopX
    HiopX Hace 2 meses +1

    And people say feathered Dinosaur are not intimidating...

  • Lumpy
    Lumpy Hace 2 meses

    Man I thought terror birds were made up in runescape

  • ToraToraTiger
    ToraToraTiger Hace 3 meses

    I say the Terror Bird could float. Like chickens. They just... bobbed their way over to North America.

  • pinkgalah
    pinkgalah Hace 3 meses

    Now i got a question. I thought south america got their camels because it was conected to africa. But u just said that in north america there where camels. So here is my question where did the camels originate? And just to clarify that means the llamas and alpacas ancesters came from the north?

  • Andrew Armstrong
    Andrew Armstrong Hace 3 meses +1

    Which is just a dinosaur with a beak

  • Ariel Yurach
    Ariel Yurach Hace 3 meses

    Is it safe to assume more info on the American biotic interchange is available

  • Tsuzuru Fujiya
    Tsuzuru Fujiya Hace 3 meses

    The background music sounded like a emergency-car!

  • HyperJack
    HyperJack Hace 3 meses

    This is cool and all, but do we have any proof that these were real. I mean fossils can try to 鈥減rove鈥 it and all but you could just be putting the wrong bones in the wrong order. Does anyone have like DNA or something to prove it?

  • Terry Koster
    Terry Koster Hace 3 meses

    Kelenken? YA

  • Steve Matthew
    Steve Matthew Hace 3 meses

    Easily float like chickens

  • sparkee666
    sparkee666 Hace 3 meses

    That would make a pretty cool PIXAR cartoon.

  • RRW
    RRW Hace 3 meses

    And they say Dinosaurs went extinct 65.5 MYA.

  • J M
    J M Hace 3 meses

    The first documented bird up

  • TBalpha22
    TBalpha22 Hace 3 meses

    What鈥檚 neat though is that in the thumbnail that would be a very dead saber tooth as it鈥檚 stomach is exposed to what is basically a meat cleaver

  • Bryan Mena
    Bryan Mena Hace 3 meses

    Do a video on Titanoboa, if there isn鈥檛 already one!

  • Jaime Febus
    Jaime Febus Hace 3 meses

    How long did the terror bird continue to exist in South America?

  • OssoryOverSeas
    OssoryOverSeas Hace 3 meses

    So how did they go extinct in South America? Simply the arrival of North American rivals?

  • Sentient Diarrhea
    Sentient Diarrhea Hace 3 meses

    How do they have relatives today if they all died?

    • Warlord of Thessaly
      Warlord of Thessaly Hace un mes

      Umm, not all relatives are direct ancestors. Your cousins are not directly related to you, but they're still related. In this case, the Terror birds living relatives share the same common ancestor as Terror birds, but diverged down a different route. They're distant evolutionary cousins, but still close enough that we can observe them for any traits that might have existed in Terror birds.
      Hope this helps!

  • George Kobty
    George Kobty Hace 3 meses

    We probably killed anything big... knowing our future would be better without them

  • LockHeed
    LockHeed Hace 3 meses

    Thumbnail: RKO OUTTA NOWHERE

  • Jerald Grande
    Jerald Grande Hace 3 meses

    Mm doesn鈥檛 sound right they died out came back years later. Honestly I think it鈥檚 just Europeans bringing them years later. Because the South American empires and northern tribes have seen a horse before until the various Europeans came over. Cause would think it would be recorded some how that there were these animals by the people living and that knowledge pass down other people down the line

  • Self-replicating whatnot

    Death March of Terror Birds!

  • AvalancheYT Darwin Project, and other Xbox Games.

    *Scorched Earth memories intensifies*

  • nIckEls & pEnNyS
    nIckEls & pEnNyS Hace 3 meses

    the great emu war

  • All Might
    All Might Hace 3 meses

    Isn't it also called "Dodo"?

  • altosax1st
    altosax1st Hace 3 meses

    Video on what happened to the American tapirs!

  • Nate E
    Nate E Hace 3 meses

    South America releases Non Avian Dinosaurs 2: Now with Battle Royale Mode

  • Jerald Grande
    Jerald Grande Hace 3 meses

    I thought horses were brought over from Europe to North American. Some one has this wrong in the history books

    • Hunter Smith
      Hunter Smith Hace 3 meses

      Jerald Grande Horses evolved in North America, spread to Europe and Asia, died out in North America, and then where re introduce by European settlers.

  • Ishbart Gonzalez
    Ishbart Gonzalez Hace 3 meses

    Another great video!

  • chamboyette853
    chamboyette853 Hace 3 meses

    Wait, there's a problem. If the birds were from south America, how come the only fossils are in North America?

    • chamboyette853
      chamboyette853 Hace 3 meses

      I don't think so. I understood that there were species which developed in North America. But it is still strange that there would be no species found in South America even though originally these birds were from there and continued to live there, on top of that in more favorable conditions.

    • Hunter Smith
      Hunter Smith Hace 3 meses

      chamboyette853 Did you miss the part about different species?

  • 乇丕卮丿 丕賱爻賵賷賱賲

    So the Terror bird is the dodo ?????!!!

  • Shrimp Zoo
    Shrimp Zoo Hace 3 meses

    I hate terror birds.

  • Aaron Unite
    Aaron Unite Hace 3 meses

    Yummmm giant chikunnn. Cavemans KFC 馃槈