The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 90 - “Living Fossils”

June 27, 2020

"Living fossils" aren't really a thing, not the way they're typically talked about anyway, and the term can be a source of debate among scientists and science communicators. In this episode, we talk about how this term is used and why some scientists defend it while others (including us!) aren't fans.

In the news: horned gophers, dinosaur eggs, giant eggs, and croc tracks.

News: 00:05:00
Main discussion: 00:37:30
Mid-discussion break: 01:16:00
Patron question: 01:54:00

In light of current events, we invite you to explore these links to educate yourself, as we have been doing, about the subject of racial injustice:
Smithsonian NMAAHC - Talking About Race
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
TimeScavengers - Black Lives Matter
https://timescavengers.blog/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter/
Ally Anti-Racism Resources
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjUESaOh2H-846KKiHUWHDUIhi3PlaFts-rqy9EQ43g/edit# 
We’ve also made a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund:
https://www.naacpldf.org/

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