The Giant Bird That Got Lost in Time

  • Published on: 12 March 2019
  • 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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  • Shovon Sarkar
    Shovon Sarkar   10 hours ago

    A video circulated the internet last week about it carrying a huge shark! Unexplained Mysteries chanel did a video on it.

  • Chris Pacman
    Chris Pacman   5 days ago

    “Its adapted to an ecosystem that no longer exists” sad that is what we will also be when we are old and unable to keep up with technology

  • Michael Vinson
    Michael Vinson   6 days ago

    Maybe global warming ain't so bad.... let's just go all in and remake the pleistocene

  • Greg Hawkins
    Greg Hawkins   1 weeks ago

    Went into this thinking it'd be about argentavis but still interesting

  • TheRoon4660
    TheRoon4660   1 weeks ago

    If you spoke at a normal speed would you really lose anything. Your script would take a little bit longer to deliver of course, but would that matter?

  • TheRoon4660
    TheRoon4660   1 weeks ago

    Being spastic as you are have you ever thought of just speaking to people like you would in a normal conversation? No movie no pressure. I'm sure you could do well without the BBC technique.

    WHATISUTUBE   2 weeks ago

    I dunno how to feel about this. Animals always go extinct. Over and over; when they are incapable of adapting and surviving in a new environment they die out and a new creature takes their niche. Its nature. Attemtping to save such archaic creatures with no place in the world is interfering with nature as much as when we pollute it. In this case the condor was going extinct partially due to human activity, and I support rescuing animals that are going to die specifically because of us. But I still get this nagging feeling that if an animals population is so ridiculously low that it should just naturally die out. Even though I wouldn't want it to because its so fascinating

  • MadMeeper
    MadMeeper   3 weeks ago

    This brings up an interesting topic though - if an animal is no longer suited for it's environment, should we really be attempting to save them? What ecological niche are they contributing to that another animal isn't already filling? Giant Pandas are sort of in this boat as well.This isn't to say I don't want the Cali Condors to thrive, I LOVE them, I got to see two at Zion and it was absolutely breathtaking, but this feels different from trying to save an animal that plays an important role in a particular ecosystem.

  • Lauren
    Lauren   3 weeks ago

    I saw a pair of Black Vultures in my front lawn about a year ago and it was a life-changing experience. You don't know how big these birds get until you're 6ft away and losing your mind over the fact that these birds are massive. Thing is, their wingspan is only HALF of a California Condor. If I ever see one in real life, I think I'd keel over. But man do I hope they're able to thrive again

  • Crown01
    Crown01   3 weeks ago

    California Condor:Am I an archaic organism?No, it’s the environment that’s wrong.

  • Piotr Kozak
    Piotr Kozak   1 months ago

    Love your videos Eons, and this one about condors was particularly fascinating given their story. If you go into the foothills (of the Andes) where I live on the eastern side of Santigo de Chile, they soon appear. One swooped so low above my head once i called almost touch its feathers. Sadly, there's not a lo of them around, and some idiots down here enjoy the 'sport' of killing birds. Also affected by food shortages, and we're in the midst of a long drought - which i imagine isn't helping them much in their natural ecosystem. You rarely see more than two or three together in central Chile at a time, but i did once enjoy the wonderful sight of a couple of dozen or more circling the skies all at the same time - but that was on a far-southern fjord while aboard Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' - an experience i'll treasure for the rest of my life.Hey, as to programme suggestions - when did humans start using clothing (well, i guess when our race stared reaching cooler climes and reaslised that the skin of that slaughtered, hairy beast was useful when slung across the shoulders)- but it would be interesting perhaps the development of that unique trait of ours.Keep well and safe all the team - cálidos saludos from South Americap.s. if you ever want to delve into a fascinating and jolly read about how our continent got its name (a cartographer's mistake - it should all actually be called 'Colombia' ) do read Stefan Zweig's 'Amerigo: a comedy of errors in history' (1942).

  • shiro whitecat
    shiro whitecat   1 months ago

    Condors are like boomers all of their "friends" are dead they are big and they have trouble adapting to the new generation

  • larryjohnny
    larryjohnny   1 months ago

    Cool that their related to the Turkey vulture. I see them all the time here in Shady Canyon, Irvine. Not cute or majestic up close but very graceful at catching the wind and cruising the up drafts. They're definitely bigger than Hawks and Falcons that are in the area.

  • kane pane
    kane pane   1 months ago

    Is this bigger than the Andean condor?

  • KeepitReal
    KeepitReal   1 months ago

    I though this vid is about Argentavis

  • Pablo Lara
    Pablo Lara   1 months ago

    avocados are another example. the seeds are too big for any animal that feeds on avocados to swallow and spread.

  • ♤Luyo
    ♤Luyo   1 months ago

    Condor:ok this gi-Jesus:shrinks all animals but oneCondor:wtf why are all these things so small?!

  • ColumbiaB
    ColumbiaB   1 months ago

    You’ve offered a cogent explanation of the post-Pleistocene survival of condor populations near the Pacific coast. It would be interesting to see you explore why the just slightly larger, and at least superficially similar, birds of family Teratornithidae did not similarly survive the end of the Pleistocene, at least in areas where they could have scavenged large marine mammal carcasses.

  • Oiuda Tropen
    Oiuda Tropen   1 months ago

    This guy with be better as an auctioneer than as a documentary presenter

  • jd4881
    jd4881   1 months ago

    The odds of a condor getting lead poisoning are pretty low.

  • Zach Courtney
    Zach Courtney   1 months ago

    The dalles, OR has Condor Caves above them. Although the condors haven’t been here for a long time.

  • Yal Rathol
    Yal Rathol   1 months ago

    humans, wandering the world and snacking local cuisine to extinction since 100,000 BCE.

  • Jacob
    Jacob   1 months ago

    Every year for the past decade-ish a few Condors show up in my back yard and hang out for a few days before moving on. This year while camping in the Alabama Hills under Mt. Whitney there were 3 of them constantly flying overhead. A few days after getting home from that camping trip they showed up in the trees again. I'd like to think they were the same ones that I camped with.

  • Slapper zero
    Slapper zero   1 months ago

    nobody: ark players: NANI? they fought argys?

  • The Lone Rider
    The Lone Rider   1 months ago

    I've never seen a condor, but our east coast vultures get big enough for me! That said their comeback seems pretty impressive. Also had no idea the species went back so far...

  • HypersonicMonkeyBrains
    HypersonicMonkeyBrains   2 months ago

    reasons for the extinction of the megafauna in America, are totally laughable.. humans hunting them can competing for resources.. give me a break! Why is there an institutional level cover up that comet fragments probably struck the North American ice shelf causing a catastrophic level flood and plundering the earth back into the coldest temperatures of the ice age practically over night.

  • Nathan Jeromin
    Nathan Jeromin   2 months ago

    Can you guys do a video exploring the evidence that suggests that, during the Pleistocene Epoch, there was a meteor resulting in a extreme and sudden melting of the ice caps and subsequent cataclysmic floods, resulting in the extinction of 72% of the megamammals in North America? It seems difficult to believe that humans with primitive tools could have caused the extinction of 72% of mammals in such a relatively short period of time.

  • John Timmel
    John Timmel   2 months ago

    They are attracted to the movement of animals on the land, so they tend to hang out around where people are at the Grand Canyon. I saw them every day I was there, many times flying in groups of 3-5. They are huge, and they'd fly pretty close to the trails.

  • Love & Hate
    Love & Hate   2 months ago

    One with Tag 33 and GPS tag is found near my home in India very very far away from any Coast in corona virus Lockdown.Reason for my visit here.

  • 2wheelphoto
    2wheelphoto   2 months ago

    This is an American video why are we using meters? 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • mark mark2
    mark mark2   2 months ago

    You must see southamerican condor in Perú or Chile. Not everything is in USA.