Episode 39 - Speculative Evolution

July 15, 2018

This episode, we’re discussing the fun and fascinating “What If” thought experiments of evolution. From fantastical fictional stories to unusual scientific hypotheses to just-for-fun artistic creations, speculative evolution is all about exploring the unseen (and maybe never-to-be-seen) possibilities of real biological science. We’ll touch on some of our favorite “hard science fiction” as well as how this style of creative thinking can contribute to the study of real living creatures of the past ... and beyond.

In the news: Native American dogs, Neanderthal hunting methods, mammal testicle evolution, and plant-induced insect development.

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Episode 38 - Grass

July 1, 2018

At long last, a plant episode!

Our friend Aly Baumgartner joins the podcast to teach us all about grass - it's not just part of the background! From humble beginnings during the Age of Reptiles, grasses have gone on to dominate global ecosystems (as well as human diet!) and continue to do so today. They are truly one of the most influential groups of life on Earth.

In the news: strange ancient reef fish, dinosaur tongues, a surprise extinct gibbon, and a history of primate claws.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Muscial Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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…But We Digress - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (5/5)

June 30, 2018

Part 5 of 5!

This is it – the end of our series! We’ve now re-watched all the old movies and finally turned to the newest one for our “science reviews.” How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

Fresh out in theaters – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

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Episode 37.5 - More Birds

June 24, 2018

Surprise!

We've gotten a lot of bird requests, so to follow up our Evolution of Birds discussion, we put together three mini-discussions based on other birds our listeners have asked to hear about:
1. The evolution and fossil history of flamingos.
2. The fossil record of the famous predatory "terror birds."
3. Argentavis and Pelagornis, history's largest flying birds.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Muscial Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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…But We Digress - Jurassic World (4/5)

June 23, 2018

Part 4 of 5!

Our Jurassic Park review series is almost done! All month, we’ve been re-watching the movies and chatting about the science in a series of “science reviews.” How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

In this episode, the complex – and controversial – franchise revival: Jurassic World (2015).

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Episode 37 - Evolution of Birds

June 17, 2018

Birds are such unique and fascinating animals; for many decades scientists have wondered at their evolutionary story – and so have many of our listeners! Well here it is: the Evolution of Birds, complete with some scientific history, key fossil finds, and a fly-by (yep) of the incredible diversity of critters that led to birds as we know them today

In the news: history of the Great Barrier Reef, giant bony fish, early African tetrapods, and the oldest lizards.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Muscial Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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…But We Digress - Jurassic Park III (3/5)

June 16, 2018

Part 3 of 5!

Every Saturday this month, we’re re-watching all of the Jurassic Park movies and chatting about the science in a series of “science reviews.” How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This time, the last of the original trilogy: Jurassic Park III (2001).

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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…But We Digress - The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2/5)

June 9, 2018

Part 2 of 5!

Each Saturday in June, we’re re-watching all of the Jurassic Park movies and chatting about the science in a series of “science reviews.” How do these films handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

Sequel time. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Episode 36 - Reefs

June 3, 2018

In this episode, we’re examining the incredible formation of reefs! Not just coral – reef systems have been built by many different organisms over Earth history, and we’ll be touching on the details of these essential harbors of biodiversity: past, present, and prospects for the future.

In the news: bone-crushing dogs, ancient global warming, a tick in a web, and how birds bounced back.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Muscial Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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…But We Digress - Jurassic Park (1/5)

June 1, 2018

Part 1 of 5!

By the end of June, there will be five Jurassic Park films! So for each of the five Saturdays this month, we’re re-watching all of the movies and chatting about the science in a series of “science reviews.” How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This episode, we start at the beginning: Jurassic Park (1993).

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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