The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 84 - Paleopathology

April 4, 2020

Life ain’t always easy. Injury and disease are a persistent threat for life of all sorts, and that’s been true for as long as there has been life. Fortunately for us, these threats can leave evidence in fossils, teaching us about the lives, struggles, and sometimes deaths of ancient organisms. The study of this evidence is called paleopathology, and in this episode, our friend Laura will explain the ins and outs of the field and share with us some of her favorite examples.

In the news: ancient hands, old snakes, the earliest animals, and a new dinosaur.  

News: 00:05:00
Main discussion: 00:41:00
Mid-discussion break: 01:17:00
Patron question: 02:07:00

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