The Common Descent Podcast
Episode 131 - Volcanoes

Episode 131 - Volcanoes

January 22, 2022

Volcanoes are fascinating, devastating, and fundamental to Earth systems. Volcanic eruptions can transform ecosystems, landscapes, and even the atmosphere, and at their most extreme, the effects of volcanism can be global and long-lasting. In this overstuffed episode, we discuss the many forms and features of volcanic activity, and we take a look at the complex and dramatic interaction between volcanoes and life on Earth.

In the news: ankylosaur brains, an Australian rainforest, donkey hybrids, and the Tonga volcanic eruption.

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Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:06:30
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:44:30
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:27:30
Patron question: 02:37:00

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Episode 130 - Sense of Smell

Episode 130 - Sense of Smell

January 8, 2022

With every breath you take, you’re collecting information about your surroundings. We humans are actually pretty skilled smellers, as these things go, but olfactory abilities vary widely across the animal kingdom (and beyond). In this episode, we discuss how smelling works, what smelling is good for, and how scientists explore the evolutionary history of smell.

In the news: giant ichthyosaurs, giant millipedes, long-tongued birds, and oviraptorid embryos.

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End of the Year Q&A 2021

End of the Year Q&A 2021

December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

Thanks as always to everyone who submitted questions for the Q&A. Thanks to everyone for listening, sharing, and supporting the podcast this year and for our whole run of nearly five years. We make the podcast, but you, our audience, make the podcast possible.

More to come. See you in 2022.

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Episode 129 - Rhinos

Episode 129 - Rhinos

December 25, 2021

Today, rhinos are famous for their large size and impressive horns (and their distressing conservation status, sadly), but modern rhinos are only a small sample of what rhinos have been over time. Thanks to a surprisingly good rhino fossil record, we have a pretty good picture of how these animals got started and of the surprising forms they’ve taken since, from horse-like runners to hippo-shaped waders to gargantuan behemoths. This episode, we discuss rhinos as we know them, rhinos when they were weird, and a few rhino-y things that aren’t rhinos at all.

In the news: ancient croc hunting, dinosaur colors, shrinking orangutans, and ammonite soft tissue.

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Episode 128 - The Deep Sea

Episode 128 - The Deep Sea

December 11, 2021

Far below the ocean surface is a vast environment of cold, darkness, very scarce food, and surprisingly diverse life. Deep sea life is quite mysterious, in part because of their unusual adaptations for surviving in such tough habitats, and also because it’s very difficult to study organisms of the deep, modern or fossil. In this episode, we discuss what is known about the adaptations, evolutionary history, and diversity of life in the deep sea.

In the news: blade-tailed ankylosaurs, ostrich-like dinosaurs, shrimps in clams, and carnivorous ichthyosaurs.

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Silver Screen Science – Prologue, Jurassic World: Dominion

Silver Screen Science – Prologue, Jurassic World: Dominion

December 4, 2021

Surprise! A special short(ish) episode of Silver Screen Science to discuss the Prologue/Trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion!

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Science Discussion: 00:00
More Thoughts: 25:00

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Episode 127 - The Hell Creek Formation

Episode 127 - The Hell Creek Formation

November 27, 2021

Located across a wide area of the Upper Great Plains of the United States, the Hell Creek Formation is one of the world’s premier locations for studying the Age of Dinosaurs, especially trends of evolution – and extinction – at the very end of the Mesozoic Era. In this episode, we discuss the ancient history and scientific history of the region, including some famous finds and groundbreaking research.

In the news: giant ammonites, extinction beetles, baby pterosaurs, and the controversial Tetrapodophis.

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Episode 126 - Mimicry

Episode 126 - Mimicry

November 13, 2021

Evolution loves to plagiarize. You might be surprised at just how useful it can be for an organism to copy the signals, sights, sounds, and smells of others. Mimicry is all about making use of miscommunication. In this episode we’ll discuss the astounding diversity of modern mimics, the rare examples of fossil mimics, and the complex and confusing evolution patterns of mimicry.

In the news: Cambrian bryozoans, early tusks, hermit worms, and parthenogenetic condors.

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Episode 125 - Orchids

Episode 125 - Orchids

October 30, 2021

Orchids are among the most diverse and widespread group of plants on Earth today, not to mention one of the most popular among plant enthusiasts. This episode, we discuss what makes orchids so unique and strange, as well as the many mysteries surrounding their evolution and deep history. As with all our plant episodes, Aly is on hand to tell us all about why orchids are so fascinating.

Featuring special guest, Dr. Aly Baumgartner, our favorite paleobotanist!
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In the news: Permian gliders, social dinosaurs, amber crab, and snake diets.

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Spook-E - Triffids

Spook-E - Triffids

October 30, 2021

Welcome ... to Spookulative Evolution.

October is here, and that means it’s time for Spook-E! Each episode throughout this month, we’re choosing a famous monster and discussing how it – or something like it – might evolve under the rules of evolution and natural selection, pulling inspiration from organisms of the real world. This year’s theme: monster plants.

This episode, we face a more modern monster, star of page and screen. Can we invoke natural processes to develop a plant that haunts humans and strikes with a deadly lash? Our creatures to create this time: triffids. 

Featuring special guest, Dr. Aly Baumgartner, our favorite paleobotanist! 
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