The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 134 – Sanguivores (Blood-Eaters)

March 5, 2022

Blood is nutritious, easy to digest, and not hard to come by, so it’s unsurprising – if a bit unsettling – that thousands of species have evolved a taste for the stuff. From birds to bats to bugs, the diversity of sanguivores includes a wide variety of body plans, feeding strategies, and unique evolutionary histories, all converging upon a similar set of behaviors and features honed for a diet of blood. Be aware, this episode is, at times, kinda gross.

In the news: a new spinosaur, a new pterosaur, a new abelisaur, and a new euphorbia.

Time markers:
Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:06:00
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:39:30
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:27:00
Patron question: 02:19:00

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Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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