The Common Descent Podcast
Episode 142 - Phytosaurs

Episode 142 - Phytosaurs

June 25, 2022

Take a walk along the waterways of the Late Triassic, and you could easily think it was a world full of crocodiles! But in fact, those are not crocs, but phytosaurs, a group of predatory reptiles that represent not only one of the oldest groups of carnivorous reptiles to achieve a near-global distribution, but also one of evolution's most famous cases of convergent evolution. So, what features did phytosaurs share with crocs? Where did they differ? And just how croc-like were their lifestyles? Listen in and find out!

In the news: dinosaur belly buttons, tiny frogs, snake venom, and giant dwarf crocs.

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Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:05:45
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:41:00
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:11:30
Patron question: 01:47:00

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Silver Screen Science - Jurassic World: Dominion

Silver Screen Science - Jurassic World: Dominion

June 20, 2022

Once again, we return to the Jurassic franchise! And as usual with these movies, there’s lots to discuss about the portrayal of ancient animals, scientific concepts, and scientists.

Another trilogy concludes – Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)

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Conserving Crocs with Dr. Marisa Tellez

Conserving Crocs with Dr. Marisa Tellez

June 17, 2022

Happy Croc Month!

In this special episode, we talk croc conservation and geek out about crocs with special guest Dr. Marisa Tellez of the Crocodilian Research Coalition. We learn about what it’s like to study crocs in the wild, we discuss the importance of public education, and we hear some of Marisa’s amazing croc tales!

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Episode 141 - Supercontinents

Episode 141 - Supercontinents

June 11, 2022

Perhaps you’ve heard of Pangaea, the supercontinent that existed when our modern continents were puzzle-pieced together. But have you heard of Rodinia? Or Columbia? Scientists have only come to realize in the last few decades that supercontinents are a recurring feature of our planet. This episode, we discuss what counts as a supercontinent, what evidence they leave behind, and the various ways they impact just about every other feature of our planet as they continuously come together and break apart.

In the news: croc resilience, American cheetahs, dome-headed giraffoids, and traveling termites.

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Patron question: 02:03:30

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Silver Screen Science – Prehistoric Planet

Silver Screen Science – Prehistoric Planet

June 4, 2022

Recently, BBC Studios put out a new documentary series set in the world of the Late Cretaceous, so we’re doing our first-ever Silver Screen Science discussion focused on a documentary!

The documentary in question: Prehistoric Planet.

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Episode 140 - Horns and Antlers

Episode 140 - Horns and Antlers

May 28, 2022

Who doesn’t like a flashy bit of headgear? A wide variety of cranial ornamentation is found on a wide variety of animals: sharp horns, branching antlers, bumpy knobs, and more. In this episode, we break down what technically counts as a “horn” (you’ll be unsurprised to learn there isn’t a simple answer!), the vast diversity of animal headgear today and in the fossil record, and the various ways animals have found to use these remarkable structures.

In the news: sabertoothed faces, head origins, dinosaur climates, and ancient false gharials.

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Episode 139 - Vultures

Episode 139 - Vultures

May 14, 2022

Scavenging isn’t easy. There’s a reason most scavengers are only part-time carrion-eaters. But vultures are exquisitely adapted for a dedicated lifestyle of finding and feasting on carcasses, and as a result, they’ve made themselves invaluable members of ecosystems all over the globe. In this episode, we explore vulture evolution, their ancient history, and the adaptations that make them the world’s most famous scavengers.

In the news: insect wings, trilobite mating, a “small” sauropod, and post-Cretaceous plants.

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Episode 138 - The Moon

Episode 138 - The Moon

April 30, 2022

It's an easy mistake to think of the Moon as a simple accessory to our planet, but the Earth and Moon are a close-knit pair, and the Moon influences everything from our tides to our magnetic fields to the brightness of our nights. All life on Earth has evolved in the presence of the Moon, and so life on Earth can't be fully understood without considering our cosmic companion. In this episode, we discuss how the Moon influences life past and present, and what we know about the deep history of the Earth-Moon relationship.

In the news: pterosaur colors, a glowing spider, deformed pollen, and a long-toed tetrapod.

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Episode 137 - Fossilization

Episode 137 - Fossilization

April 16, 2022

We talk about fossils a lot on this podcast – every episode, in fact – but we rarely take the time to discuss how fossils get the way they are. This is a crucial subject, because the fossilization process is a filter, and nothing comes through the filter unaltered, and many things don’t come through at all. In this episode, we talk about how fossils typically form, how we study this process, and why it’s so important for paleontologists to understand fossilization.

In the news: giant croc tracks, injured dino footprints, evolution in cities, and ancient snakey-ness.

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Episode 136 - Seahorses

Episode 136 - Seahorses

April 2, 2022

Seahorses are very strange fish, with their upright posture, tube-like mouths, and various other unusual features. Along with their cousins in the family Syngnathidae, seahorses have been the subject of much research into how they came about their bizarre body plans and lifestyles. In this episode, we discuss a bit of what we know of how seahorses (and their relatives) do what they do, and how they came to do it.

In the news: trilobite predators, early jaws, de-extinction troubles, and spinosaur bone density.

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