The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 99 - Evolution of Insects

October 31, 2020

Insects must be among the most impressive animals in Earth history. For hundreds of millions of years, they have been some of the most significant animals on land in terms of their abundance, diversity, and ecological impact. Their deep story is marked by evolutionary innovations that weren’t just major events for insects, but major events for the entire planet. This episode, we barely scratch the surface of the insect story.

In the news: a new pterosaur, big Antarctic birds, gliding dinosaurs, and a dinosaur cloaca.

Time markers:
Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00
News: 00:07:30
Main discussion, Part 1: 00:35:00
Main discussion, Part 2: 01:08:00
Patron question: 01:56:30

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

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