Episode 15 - The End-Triassic Extinction

August 13, 2017

In the news: a colorful armored giant; a surprise apex predator; epigenetics and variation; and some fast-evolving big-headed geckos!

This episode, we’re talking mass extinction again! Last time, we touched on the event that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, but this time – by listener request! – we’re discussing the event that started it: patterns and potential causes of the end-Triassic mass extinction.

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Episode 14 - The Gray Fossil Site

July 29, 2017

In the news: the speed of T. rex, warm-blooded evolution, dinosaur sails, and the earliest Australians.

This episode, we finally take the time to talk in detail about the dig site we mention more than any other, the site where we both spent many years: the Gray Fossil Site! We discuss the site’s discovery, ongoing work, ancient ecosystem, and some of our own experiences.

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…But We Digress - The History of Earth

July 19, 2017

And now for something completely different!

Just how deep is Deep Time? Exactly how are important events arranged throughout our planet’s history? Which events are recent and which are ancient?

In this special episode, we take a tour through Earth History, from beginning to end, one million years per second: a virtual trip through geologic time!

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Episode 13 - The Fossil Preparation Lab

July 16, 2017

In the news: swimming strategies of plesiosaurs, surprise marine mass extinction, a bone-crushing Jurassic croc, and the temperature of dinosaur eggs.

The episode comes to you from inside the fossil prep lab, where we explore what goes into cleaning, repairing, and generally making fossils ready for study. We are joined by our friend Shawn Haugrud, as well as two of his lab’s head preparators: Shayleigh Maden and Davis Gunnin!

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Episode 12 - The Geologic Time Scale

July 1, 2017

In the news: the shapes of bird eggs, very ancient amphibians, more dinosaur faces, and the history of hippos.

This episode is about the history of the earth, and how we compile all that we know about the ancient past in the great Geologic Time Scale.   

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Episode 11 - Antarctica

June 17, 2017

In the news: a baby bird in amber, ancient elephant genetics, surprisingly early humans, and the formation of a famous dinosaur site.

This episode is another listener-requested topic! We’re discussing the fascinating and mysterious continent of Antarctica, its long complex history, and the rare and intriguing fossils that are found there.

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…But We Digress - Tyrannosaur Skin (and Feathers?)

June 9, 2017

We’re back for another digression!

Another new study is making (ridiculous) headlines all across the internet! It’s the first published investigation of Tyrannosaurus scales, by Bell et al., and it has people asking: where are the feathers?

You can access the study itself here: http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/13/6/20170092

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Episode 10 - The Tree of Life

June 3, 2017

In the news: giant ground sloth diets, how whales got huge, the crunching jaws of T. rex, and the evolution of soldier bees!

This episode, we’re taking the time to talk about a subject that comes up just about every episode: the classification and relationships of living organisms. Taxonomy, Phylogeny, and the Tree of Life!

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Episode 9 - The Cambrian Explosion

May 21, 2017

In the news: brand new armored dinosaurs, a long-lost dino-baby, surprises from the human family tree, and snake fossils from our favorite fossil site!

In this episode, we’re discussing the dramatic event that saw the rise of modern animal life and formed the foundation for all animal ecosystems – an event as fascinating as it is mysterious – the Cambrian Explosion!

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Episode 8 - Conservation Paleontology

May 7, 2017

In the news: sword-tailed sea scorpions, finding ancient DNA without fossils, climate change during the end-Pleistocene extinction, and (maybe) the oldest humans in North America!

This episode topic comes from a fan request! We’re discussing how lessons from our planet’s prehistoric record can guide our efforts to preserve modern ecosystems: this is the field of conservation paleontology.

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