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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…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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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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…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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Episode 35 - De-extinction

May 20, 2018

It's time for another extinction episode!

Is extinction truly forever? Could something like Jurassic Park actually be possible? If so, should we do it? As we speak, there are scientists around the world working on the early stages of answering these questions, and in the process developing the very real science of De-extinction.

In the news: sea-going crocs, giant sea snakes, early baleen whales, and super-ancient viruses.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Episode 34 - Ancient DNA

May 6, 2018

Only a few decades ago, the idea of pulling DNA from long-dead organisms was the stuff of science fiction, but the field of ancient DNA is now totally real and thriving. In this episode, we discuss how we get DNA from ancient specimens and just a bit of the incredible world of information paleogenetics opens up for scientists.

In the news: Another ancient croc-cousin, human and sloth footprints, swimming human evolution, and the oldest wolverine!

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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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Crocs vs Snakes - The Poll Returns

May 1, 2018

THE GREAT DEBATEIS BACK!

By popular demand!

Will and David agree on most things, but not this... Help us settle our long-running debate - choose a side!

Head to Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon and cast your vote!

And then, if you like, tell us what you really think...what's YOUR favorite group of animals?

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