The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 95 – The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse

September 5, 2020

This episode marks the end of our extinction series, but on the bright side, Aly’s here!

Most of the extinction events we discuss are very animal-focused, but the end of the Carboniferous Period featured one of history’s worst plant extinctions. This event wiped out the famous ecosystems of the Carboniferous, reshuffled ecosystems, and ushered in a more familiar world of plants. In this episode, as usual, we discuss what happened, why, and how it impacted the world.

In the news: a croc-bitten sloth, a dinosaur embryo, dinosaur dimorphism, and ancient hibernation.

Time markers:
Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:09:00
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:46:30
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:21:00
Patron question: 01:55:30

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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 ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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