Month: July, 2020

Was There An Advanced Civilization Before Humans?

It took humans 10,000 years to go from hunter-gatherers to world domination. Considering the vastness of time that humans and life have been on Earth, could this have happened once before?

This question was put forth by Adam Frank and Gavin Schmidt in their paper titled The Silurian Hypothesis, where they tried to figure out what in the geologic record would be a sign of a previous industrial civilization. It brings up a lot of questions and makes you deal with the weight of deep time, as well as the fleeting nature of history.

So Apparently “Toads Found In Rocks” Is A Thing

As weird as it sounds, there are dozens of stories of animals, especially toads, found in rocks. Can this really be real? Because nature has developed some amazing survival strategies and there are creatures that can survive being frozen or entombed for long periods.

In this video, we explore the story of Old Rip, the horned frog that survived being locked in a time capsule for 30 years, and examine tardigrades, which might be living on the moon right now.