The Common Descent Podcast
Voices of La Brea - Bonus Episode

Voices of La Brea - Bonus Episode

August 10, 2019

We were in southern California for NAPC recently, so we sat down with a bunch of the crew from La Brea to get some insights into their work, their history, and their favorite things about the site.

In this audio, you’ll hear from:
Dr. Emily Lindsey, Assistant Curator and Excavation Site Director
Dr. Mairin Balisi, NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Laura Tewksbury-Wall, Senior Preparator
Sean Campbell, Preparator
Connie Clarke, Preparator
Students from the La Brea Tar Pits Field School

Thanks to everyone who spoke with us!

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Episode 67 - The La Brea Tar Pits

Episode 67 - The La Brea Tar Pits

August 10, 2019

How odd that one of the world’s richest and most famous fossil sites isn’t on a mountain or in a desert, but in the heart of one of the world’s largest cities. In this episode, we’ll dive into the history of the La Brea Tar Pits, explore how the site came to be, and give just a taste of the staggering diversity of fossil finds that fuel research into the latest chapters of the Ice Age. Also, we’ll explain why “tar pits” isn’t really a great name for them.

In the news: a Cambrian Millennium Falcon, turtle bones, mammal ancestors, and a whale with a twist.

Don’t miss our Bonus Episode: Voices of La Brea, including interviews with a bunch of the crew!

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We're going to be at DragonCon 2019!

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Episode 66 - Elephants

Episode 66 - Elephants

July 27, 2019

This episode, we take a deep dive into the evolutionary story of Earth’s largest land mammals. Extinction has left us with only three elephant species today, but for tens of millions of years their extended family, the proboscideans, came in many weird and wondrous forms, from mammoths to mastodons to shovel-tuskers and more.

In the news: clam secrets, weird bird feet, surprise Greek humans, and early hominin breastfeeding.

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Episode 65 - The Late Devonian Extinction(s)

Episode 65 - The Late Devonian Extinction(s)

July 13, 2019

It’s Episode 65, and you know what that means … extinction! This time, we address the ancient and confusing Late Devonian extinction. This is traditionally considered one of the “Big 5,” but it doesn’t seem to be “one” extinction at all. Geologists and paleontologists continue to work at piecing together the various causes and consequences that create an extended series – several millions years long – of very unfortunate events that altogether comprise one of the worst biological crises in Earth history.

In the news: tyrannosaur smells, peccary behavior, and a talk (by us) about our podcast!

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Episode 64 - Paleoart

Episode 64 - Paleoart

June 29, 2019

Featuring paleoartist and herpetologist Gabriel Ugueto!
Follow Gabriel on Twitter (@SerpenIllus) or at his website, gabrielugueto.com, and listen to his herpetology podcast: squamatespod.com

Can you picture paleontology without … pictures? For about as long as people have been digging up fossils, some have tried to recreate ancient organisms through art. Paleoartists combine artistic talents with detailed knowledge of life past and present to create their best hypotheses about the appearance of ancient species and ecosystems. Their work shows in the many images, animations, and sculptures that accompany research, museum displays, books, documentaries, and more. Paleoart is an inextricable piece of paleontology, and it’s all around us!

In the news: Arctic hyenas, dinosaur bone bacteria, a croc climate clock, and a big trilobite.

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The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome.
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Silver Screen Science – Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Silver Screen Science – Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

June 29, 2019

Part 5 of 5 in this month’s series: KaiJune!

There’s a new Godzilla movie, and that means it’s time for more movie science! All June, we’ll be exploring giant monster movies, specifically looking at two of the most famous examples of all time: King Kong and Godzilla. How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This episode, the latest installments: Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

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Silver Screen Science – King Kong (2005) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Silver Screen Science – King Kong (2005) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)

June 22, 2019

Part 4 of 5 in this month’s series: KaiJune!

There’s a new Godzilla movie, and that means it’s time for more movie science! All June, we’ll be exploring giant monster movies, specifically looking at two of the most famous examples of all time: King Kong and Godzilla. How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This episode, Kong in the 21st century: King Kong (2005) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Episode 63 - Sexual Selection

Episode 63 - Sexual Selection

June 15, 2019

The history of animal life on Earth has been shaped by sex. The struggle to reproduce puts unique evolutionary pressures on species which affect their behavior and even their physical form. Sexual selection is immensely important but trying to sort out the side effects of sex in the fossil record is notoriously tricky.

In the news: giant beavers, croc metabolism, schooling fish, and another new croc.

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Silver Screen Science – Kaiju Concepts

Silver Screen Science – Kaiju Concepts

June 15, 2019

Part 3 of 5 in this month’s series: KaiJune!

There’s a new Godzilla movie, and that means it’s time for more movie science! All June, we’ll be exploring giant monster movies, specifically looking at two of the most famous examples of all time: King Kong and Godzilla. How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This episode, we’re talking about kaiju in general, with special focus on Cloverfield (2008) and Pacific Rim (2013).

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Silver Screen Science - Gojira (1954)

Silver Screen Science - Gojira (1954)

June 8, 2019

Part 2 of 5 in this month’s series: KaiJune!

There’s a new Godzilla movie, and that means it’s time for more movie science! All June, we’ll be exploring giant monster movies, specifically looking at two of the most famous examples of all time: King Kong and Godzilla. How do these movies handle such subjects as prehistoric creatures, the science of paleontology, and the portrayal of scientists?

This episode, a new monster is born: Gojira (1954)

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