The Common Descent Podcast
Episode 118 - Trace Fossils

Episode 118 - Trace Fossils

July 24, 2021

As organisms live, grow, and move in their environments, they leave all sorts of traces in their surroundings, and these can become fossilized just like body parts can. Trace fossils (ichnofossils) can include evidence of burrowing, walking, feeding, and more. Individual trace fossils are great for understanding the behaviors of ancient organisms, and communities of trace fossils can help us track major changes in ecosystems through time.

In the news: damaged cave bear, shrinking dinosaurs, koala lemurs, and megaripples.

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News: 00:05:30
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:35:30
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:11:30
Patron question: 01:55:00

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Episode 117 - Crabs and Carcinization

Episode 117 - Crabs and Carcinization

July 10, 2021

What exactly is a “crab” anyway? One answer is that they are among the most diverse and successful living arthropods. Another answer: they are many different groups of crustaceans that have converged on a crabby body plan. In this episode, we discuss the diversity and evolution of “true crabs,” the incredible phenomenon of carcinization that keeps creating crabs, and what it really means to be a “crab.”

In the news: poop beetles, Arctic dinosaurs, Dragon Man, and an ancient shark attack.

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Main discussion, Part 2: 01:06:00
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Episode 116 - Ichthyosaurs

Episode 116 - Ichthyosaurs

June 26, 2021

The history of evolution has seen many land animals move to the sea, but few have done it with such success and specialization as ichthyosaurs. These Mesozoic marine reptiles were the first group of tetrapods to truly dominate the marine realm, and they evolved some of the most extreme adaptations – and largest bodies – of any ocean-dwelling tetrapods. This episode, we discuss how they got started, what they did, where they went, and why they’re so incredibly famous.

In the news: giant crocs, giant rhinos, young tyrannosaurs, and dwarf elephants.

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Main discussion, Part 1: 00:32:00
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:15:00
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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Silver Screen Science - Anaconda (1997)

Silver Screen Science - Anaconda (1997)

June 24, 2021

This June, by popular demand, we’re doing a Silver Screen Science double feature focusing on our two favorite reptiles: crocs and snakes. One croc movie, one snake movie, both quintessential creature features of the 90s.

This episode, it’s snake time: Anaconda (1997)

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Silver Screen Science - Lake Placid (1999)

Silver Screen Science - Lake Placid (1999)

June 17, 2021

This June, by popular demand, we’re doing a Silver Screen Science double feature focusing on our favorite reptiles: crocs and snakes! One croc movie, one snake movie, both quintessential creature features of the 90s.

This episode, crocs take center stage: Lake Placid (1999)

Next time … Anaconda.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Episode 115 - Biomes

Episode 115 - Biomes

June 12, 2021

All over the Earth, there are biological communities that differ depending on the local climate and landscape. These are biomes, and biologists love to map them to unravel patterns of ecosystem distribution. But biomes also change over time as climates and landscapes shift. In this episode, our favorite paleobotanist, Dr. Aly Baumgartner, joins us to discuss how we identify biomes in the past and present, how they’ve changed over time, and what it means for a new biome to arise … or for an old one to go extinct.

In the news: whale diets, moa poop, shark extinction, and flower seeds.

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Episode 114 - Polar Life

Episode 114 - Polar Life

May 29, 2021

Far to the north and far to the south, conditions on Earth get weird. Cold climates and periods of perpetual night or day create some of the most unique habitats on the planet. In this episode, we look at what makes the polar regions so strange, how they’ve changed over time, what it takes for life to survive there, and what fossils tell us about what lived there in the past.

In the news: gut microbiomes, chewed Neanderthals, ancient symbiosis, and very old turtles.

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Main discussion, Part 1: 00:32:30
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:13:30
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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Episode 113 - Paleoclimate

Episode 113 - Paleoclimate

May 15, 2021

The geologic record of Earth is an archive of data on the causes and effects of changing climates. As climate changes, it impacts everything from plants and animals to rocks and rivers. The study of ancient climates is paleoclimatology, and it’s important not only for our understanding of climate in the past, but also for teasing out what’s happening with our climate today and what we can expect for the future.

In the news: tyrannosaur group, a chomped squid, horned crocs, and night dinosaurs.

This episode, we’re joined by Dr. Rachel Lupien!
Find Rachel at rachellupien.com or follow her at @loopdlupien on Twitter.

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Main discussion, Part 1: 00:42:00
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:26:00
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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Episode 112 - Caves

Episode 112 - Caves

May 1, 2021

Subterranean passages and chambers within the Earth form eerie and incredible environments that are home to unique ecosystems of bizarre creatures and which serve as some of the most invaluable sources of fossils in the world. This episode, we discuss how caves form, what ecosystems dwell within them, and why they’re so darn important for paleontology.

In the news: pterosaur thumbs, scimitar-cat diets, counting T. rex, and ancient soil DNA.

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Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:03:30
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Main discussion, Part 2: 01:16:00
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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Episode 111 - Eusociality

Episode 111 - Eusociality

April 17, 2021

There isn’t much on Earth quite like an ant colony or a beehive. Lots of animals are social, but relatively few are eusocial. It’s a bizarre lifestyle, living in large multi-generational colonies with lots of members who don’t reproduce but instead dedicate their lives to protecting and nourishing the offspring of the few reproducers. In this episode, we discuss the many questions surrounding this phenomenon, including how many times this trait has evolved, why it’s apparently so beneficial, and exactly how natural selection could even produce such a strange lifestyle.  

In the news: venom evolution, pointy things, early rainforests, and bone origins.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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