The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

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

    Rhys Ford

    Il y a heure

    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

    Knighthawk D

    Il y a 20 heures

    I live near Pinnacles and I've seen em there. So cool.

  • Paul McEwen

    Paul McEwen

    Il y a jour

    Only a chicken compared to the extinct Haast Eagle in New Zealand 🇳🇿

  • peter papadimitriou

    peter papadimitriou

    Il y a 2 jours


  • nerdyninjatemptress


    Il y a 3 jours

    Please do a whole video on biological anachronisms!!

  • Ray C

    Ray C

    Il y a 6 jours

    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

    Jordan Smith

    Il y a 8 jours

    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

    Cynthia Nicola

    Il y a 14 jours

    The California Condor is disappearing due to death from poaching.

  • Rex Lupus Etxe

    Rex Lupus Etxe

    Il y a 14 jours

    Wow! Beautiful video thanks.

  • nancy barnes

    nancy barnes

    Il y a 21 jour

    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

    Gabe Morehouse

    Il y a 25 jours

    We could breed them to be smaller.



    Il y a 28 jours

    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

    Patty and Buster Show

    Il y a 28 jours

    They were hunted by California farmers

  • Frodo Baggins

    Frodo Baggins

    Il y a 28 jours

    So basically, seeing it is as rare and beautiful as when Ash and Pikachu saw Ho-oh on the first episode?

  • Red_ Panda

    Red_ Panda

    Il y a 29 jours

    I get surprised by seeing a usual bird found everywhere.

  • Oh My Lord Taecyeon

    Oh My Lord Taecyeon

    Il y a mois

    23. Only 23. Feewww. Close one

  • Control Z Channel

    Control Z Channel

    Il y a mois

    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

    Fabio Lacerda

    Il y a mois

    Ancient remains of horses in America? Horses came with the Europeans in the 1400... 🤔

  • JD


    Il y a jour

    America had its own species of wild horses during prehistoric times. They died out along with other large animals- such as mammoths-, about 10.000 years ago. Then much later, Europeans introduced horses again- but it was the domesticated horse of Asian origin, a different species from the original American horses.

  • Laurel Cook

    Laurel Cook

    Il y a mois

    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


    Il y a mois

    The title looks like a good game name or something

  • rccarmadben


    Il y a mois

    Do you know I’ve never heard of the pronghorn Learn something new everyday

  • J Robes

    J Robes

    Il y a mois


  • TheNights Wolf

    TheNights Wolf

    Il y a mois

    If only there was a virtual world for animals who can’t survive this modern world by that I mean a world for just the animals

  • Bernadette DeStefano

    Bernadette DeStefano

    Il y a mois

    And almost 10 ft

  • Bernadette DeStefano

    Bernadette DeStefano

    Il y a mois

    I have turkey vultures around my house I swear they can get to 7ft they are huge

  • Tornagh Malumenis

    Tornagh Malumenis

    Il y a mois

    Idk if this will get an answer but: when the numbers of a species start to decline/survival becomes a harder struggle, usually they start to adapt to that? Big animals usually become smaller to prevent from dying out. Plants change their taste or their way of reproduction. How come these examples of animals didn't adapt/start to adapt yet?

  • Nick Chancellor

    Nick Chancellor

    Il y a mois

    How did they capture the condors?

  • Cole Mair

    Cole Mair

    Il y a mois

    I know people say that they eat the lead from bullets but it's illegal to shoot and leave an animals dead body but California still passed a law Banning lead bullets even though all bullets are made out of lead ... using pesticides on the farms actually did more damaged to our bird populations anything else really and poisoning animals has been illegal for a long time.

  • lavindra laljeet

    lavindra laljeet

    Il y a mois

    Thinking about it, colonization of their hunting land by humans causes their food source to disappear, leaving the condors with even less food. So humans are one of the causes for their decrease in numbers

  • Coolnicknameguy


    Il y a mois

    you are wrong, they do hunt. I had one try to attack my GF's 9 year old!!!! then it circled our neighborhood for the next 3 hours before grabbing someones chuwawa. I live in south orange county .



    Il y a mois

    If you're gonna make a video about a giant (flying) bird, the Andean condor is significantly larger and would make a better vid

  • Fitzy Goodnight

    Fitzy Goodnight

    Il y a mois

    Being a war minded spices, war would have been a reason for a apex increase, cause off survival less humans.

  • Ash Lol

    Ash Lol

    Il y a mois

    U ploncker the bison is still alive

  • Javier Mendoza

    Javier Mendoza

    Il y a mois

    they doing good in south america and are bigger

  • noblesicks


    Il y a mois

    Move some to Africa it see if they thrive there

  • 《Zypher》


    Il y a mois

    Hey Vsauce! Michael here

  • Jonathan Van Hassel

    Jonathan Van Hassel

    Il y a mois

    Still sad only a few hundred are left

  • RegalTeratorn


    Il y a mois

    Birds are so cool, it's why I wanna be an Ornithologist

  • Robert Ruork

    Robert Ruork

    Il y a mois

    I am quite willing to sit through interesting videos like this for an extra five minutes if ONLY you would slow down the rapid-fire voice-over. It completely detracts from the value of an otherwise fascinating and important topic. Please, SLOW DOWN!!!

  • Ben Silverman

    Ben Silverman

    Il y a mois

    I wish there was a video game mmo with oldschool big creatures of days past.


    Il y a mois

    For scavengers to live.. you need predators.. but since humans wants them all dead.. they have killed off most of earth's predators.. thus much less cadavers can be found (which mean less food..)

  • urmamaisnoob


    Il y a mois

    That intro got me hooked.. i wanna see creatures that i didn't know existed

  • a1hawaii


    Il y a mois

    Another scavenged resource? It could very will be that some native human groups provided these birds with regular "meals". In former times, many indigenous groups, upon the death of tribe members, would perform tree or platform exposure to the elements for their departed ones. Call me crazy if you like, this was an excellent way to recycle human protein. In fact, in various cultures around the world, this was a widespread practice. Even the cave internments in the American Southwest had the intention of exposing deceased relatives to the elements. Then, nature would take its course (no pun intended!). Something to think about.............

  • Donnell Vickers

    Donnell Vickers

    Il y a mois

    Let's hope they are around for the next eon or so

  • Arella Camryn

    Arella Camryn

    Il y a mois

    Just remembered about people opinion that looking down on scavenger it turn out they're a lot more important than people think. And old too.....

  • jonathan verret

    jonathan verret

    Il y a mois

    This channel really makes modern conservation efforts seem strange, because extinction and recovery are natural cycles that have been happening for far longer than we humans have been around to shape it. An alien paleontologist will look at the history of life on Earth and classify the "Human-Induced Extinction Event" as just one of many, similar events that occurred throughout the history of life. The growth of our species resulted in the extinction or success of other species, but this seems like part of the natural cycle of things. Maybe the next era will be the Plastocine, where life learned to thrive on the massive amount of plastic waste that we produced during our brief success on the planet :)

  • Princess Yarkor

    Princess Yarkor

    Il y a mois

    I think I have seen them almost every year around spring I see at least one

  • Herbert West

    Herbert West

    Il y a mois

    10,000 years ago huh? Yeah... that was probably us. Good job humans. RIP.

  • vh9network


    Il y a mois

    fossils that date back 25 million years ago, back when the Earth was without form, dark, and a void?

  • ThePartarar


    Il y a mois

    Wonder if a Condor would appreciate understanding this video

  • dominic coscarelli

    dominic coscarelli

    Il y a mois

    Yeah the bullet argument is crap. Other smaller vultures have been doing fine if not thriving. They eat gut piles and possibly bullet's. I think it probably more pesticides and other poisons. That's why the bald eagle weren't around in the southern states for years. Now that pesticides aren't used as much and are regulated the eagles have come back.

  • Ethan Lam

    Ethan Lam

    Il y a mois

    They got powercrept and couldn't keep up with the meta...

  • helicopter weewee

    helicopter weewee

    Il y a mois

    Sexiest bird alive.

  • Miss Informed

    Miss Informed

    Il y a mois

    But why then didn’t the condor diminish in time? I would think evolution would favour the smaller birds.

  • JD


    Il y a jour

    There hasn´t been enough time for it to significantly decrease in size. Birds like the condor reproduce slowly and have very long lives, so any changes are going to be slow.

  • Maru


    Il y a mois

    Yeah 75% of all these massive mammals disappeared practically over night in terms of time from overhunting and warmer climate... come on, they found hundreds of Mammoths frozen to death in a literal moment, food still in their mouths.. there are hundreds of more examples like this proving it was a great natural disaster that caused the great extinction event, just like the dinosaurs..

  • Patato Keftes

    Patato Keftes

    Il y a mois

    Watching on 0.75 speed makes so much more sense...

  • KingAj23


    Il y a mois

    Oh I thought he was going to say an argentavis

  • arachnophilegrrl


    Il y a mois

    This is very interesting. I am in North America and I've seen a lot of Moose, Elk and both sp. of deer but I've never seen a P.H. antelope ever. I've crossed the prairies over my whole life, and they are the more elusive wildlife. California Condors aren't the only ones in trouble. Even our native and wide-spread Turkey Vultures are struggling. They are hit harder by diseases like the West Nile Virus. :(

  • Kevin Bohl

    Kevin Bohl

    Il y a mois

    Saw one at the grand canyon last year. Such a great site!

  • lukasz babinski

    lukasz babinski

    Il y a mois

    The bisons are almost killed off so no more scavenge for them i think

  • himani arora

    himani arora

    Il y a mois

    Why has the bird not adapted a smaller size over so many years, considering changes in it's prime environment and food resources?

  • Jordan Weir

    Jordan Weir

    Il y a mois

    dude its the time lost protodrake

  • Gelmir Curufin

    Gelmir Curufin

    Il y a mois

    johnny cash almost made the northern condor extinct single handedly

  • Supergirly Sofia

    Supergirly Sofia

    Il y a mois

    I'm so glad that humans actually intervened to save these amazing animals :)

  • TheImpetus


    Il y a mois

    Should we even intervene and prevent a the extinction of a species? Species have been going extinct en masse for millions of years - it's never been the end of life itself. We're just delaying the inevitable and spending resources doing it.

  • 6026961


    Il y a mois

    TheImpetus most extinctions are caused by us, not nature. It's our job as stewards to take care of mother nature

  • xevious2501


    Il y a mois

    what key is maintaining a food supply for the condors, and that means reintroducing large wild animals to places of which lands were encroached upon by humans. north america has lost 90% of its wildlife due to towns and cities, farming and land reclamation. we forget how we've prevented the migration of many animals across north america. animals which use to travel from canada's northern country to as far south as florida. today there basically no migration aside from birds that happen from the midwest states to the east coast.

  • James Poff

    James Poff

    Il y a mois

    Slestacks do one on slestacks because I saw them on t.v land of the lost...and I know they are real

  • MrEmoImo


    Il y a mois

    I just saw a California Condor flying above the Grand Canyon last week!

  • Vitamin Memes

    Vitamin Memes

    Il y a mois

    Should we feed bunnys and deer steroids now so they can survive?

  • Gautam Sarathy

    Gautam Sarathy

    Il y a mois

    I thought bison still existed in the millions till the 19th century. Why didn't condors feed on them?

  • Buggy Gamez

    Buggy Gamez

    Il y a mois

    The biggest thing pbs eons has taught me is that Humans will only try to save a species once we know is going extinct

  • Rory O'Keeffe

    Rory O'Keeffe

    Il y a mois

    Are you aware of Haast's eagle, Hapagornis, a eagle that was found in New Zealand until it's prey, the moa, disappeared, around 400-500 years ago. This eagle had a wingspan of up to 5m. Bigger than the condor.

  • Tyrant Shuckle

    Tyrant Shuckle

    Il y a mois

    *Crimson King Bird* *Accidental Fast Forward*

  • selfie kroos

    selfie kroos

    Il y a mois

    Wow we waited until there were 23 left!? Now they're all inbred.

  • James Christopher Cirujano

    James Christopher Cirujano

    Il y a mois

    Alabama: 100

  • RetroGameReaper


    Il y a mois

    Would it be at all possible to clone the condors? It might not be needed right now but it could help.

  • Nick worster

    Nick worster

    Il y a mois

    Why? What would be the point?

  • 11jf111j1f1


    Il y a mois

    is a lack of food really the cause of their dramatic decline? i thought the primary reason was their susceptibility to led poisoning and dtt poisoning .

  • Nick worster

    Nick worster

    Il y a mois

    It's actually Donald Trump's fault

  • Heather F

    Heather F

    Il y a mois

    Serious question: If they're an evolutionary anachronism, then why is it important to implement captive breeding, etc.? Why shouldn't we let them go extinct like the megafauna they evolved to eat? I think they're fascinating, but I wonder...

  • Nick worster

    Nick worster

    Il y a mois

    So the government can control the land in which they dwell. And in so doing can control the land outright

  • Daniel Rayner

    Daniel Rayner

    Il y a mois

    Paleontology brings me inner peace. I like to think about times in the past when our beautiful planet was ruled only by nature. These majestic and long gone worlds are far better to travel to than anywhere i could travel on the planet today in our man made machines, i wish i could infect every human mind on this planet with the addiction of paleontology. Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere - Albert Einstein

  • Kelly Clark D

    Kelly Clark D

    Il y a mois

    The way this video is presented makes me think that condors can live up to millions of years and that they were born millions of years ago and are still alive today.

  • Nick worster

    Nick worster

    Il y a mois

    Just like every single other thing that has ever existed derp

  • Michael Wallis

    Michael Wallis

    Il y a mois

    this bloke is either an android or needs to lay off the adderal

  • humbug swangkerton

    humbug swangkerton

    Il y a mois

    the californian condor was going to go extinct naturally, just another episode in evolution.

  • Mr Mister

    Mr Mister

    Il y a mois

    So then it wouldn’t be a bad thing to bring mammoths back?

  • Mr Mister

    Mr Mister

    Il y a mois

    Poor California condor😔

  • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Il y a mois

    Haast' Eagle would like a word.

  • Trevor Knight

    Trevor Knight

    Il y a mois

    Great video!

  • Sparkitus Maximus

    Sparkitus Maximus

    Il y a mois

    The condor is a dinosaur that is left over from the time before the great flood when the atmosphere had a 50% oxygen level. The thin atmosphere of today isn’t supporting the species.

  • JD


    Il y a jour

    Seems legit...

  • Rhane Renai

    Rhane Renai

    Il y a mois

    I'm so tempted killing animals so that I can left carcass for them to eat 😅

  • Mark Jairus Guevarra

    Mark Jairus Guevarra

    Il y a mois

    The recommendation video are gone...? Why..? I just see comment... need help...

  • Pranav Limaye

    Pranav Limaye

    Il y a mois


  • Arthur Jones

    Arthur Jones

    Il y a mois

    Im becoming extinct myself....i know how the condor feels.....definatly from lack of mega fauna

  • Lewis Goldsberry

    Lewis Goldsberry

    Il y a mois

    How you imagine Pelagornis could feed on dead dinosaurs

  • Lewis Goldsberry

    Lewis Goldsberry

    Il y a jour

    I know, i just staying

  • JD


    Il y a jour

    Pelagornis did not coexist with non-avian dinosaurs.

  • End Moraine

    End Moraine

    Il y a mois

    Maybe I'd like to learn about flying gurnards and why they even have wings in the ocean

  • felineki


    Il y a mois

    Great channel with lots of interesting videos. I'd love to see a video on the evolutionary history of the cat family.

  • Isabel Nazario

    Isabel Nazario

    Il y a mois

    a video discussing why so many deadly (venemous/poisonous) organisms evolved in Australia could be quite interesting

  • SoliDeoGloria 07

    SoliDeoGloria 07

    Il y a mois

    Awesome series!

  • Duoch Irkz Nemesis IV

    Duoch Irkz Nemesis IV

    Il y a mois


  • Caesar


    Il y a mois

    2:10 I thought that he said Tyrion

  • daddyofour


    Il y a mois

    Bruh what about the chilean Condor

  • VioletteOrdinaire


    Il y a mois

    In Homer Simpson voice "USA USA USA" joking, I'm a European. Maybe because they're not endangered? Do you know if they are?

  • Danielle E.

    Danielle E.

    Il y a mois

    Thank you.

  • Erik Iacopelli

    Erik Iacopelli

    Il y a mois

    the condors in captivity. How do they feed them? Give then raw fresh meat or do they let it start to rot first?