The story of life on Earth begins before the dawn of humanity, and there's reason to believe it will go on without us.
With a fossil record of two and a half million years, Sandhill Cranes are possibly the most ancient species of bird still living. Their lengthy past extends far beyond our faintest human memory, a deeply rooted pattern of migration up and down the planet that dwarfs our relatively recent foray into their historical habitat. In the few thousand years we've shared the North American continent with these birds, we've dramatically altered the landscapes they have called home for millenia.
What will remain when we're gone?
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