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The Common Descent Podcast

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Join David and Will as they explore the paleontologists’ perspective on various topics in life and earth history. Each episode features a main discussion on a topic requested by the listeners, presented as a lighthearted and educational conversation about fossils, evolution, deep time, and more. Before the main discussion, each episode also includes a news segment, covering recent research related to paleontology and evolution. Each episode ends with the answer to a question submitted by subscribers on Patreon. New episodes with new topics every fortnight!


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 867 ratings
  • Archaeology life saver

    Love this show because it’s makes me a better archaeologist in the field as someone who focused on humans only, learning about the other living creatures and processes of evolution and extinctions seriously helps me when I’m excavating.

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    United States2 months ago
  • A fun dive into paleontology

    My favorite podcast. I’ve been working my way through episodes from the beginning and enjoyed all of them. I’ve seen some reviews complain about too much banter/joking around, but for me that’s one of the draws. I love when science presenters act like they enjoy what they’re talking about.

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    United States3 months ago
  • My favorite podcast

    I started a bunch of paleo podcasts at the same time. I listen to them all but this is the one that I go though the archives on. I love how excited they get talking about things. I love the deep dives into single topics. I love the accessible information. more

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    I listened to Spook-E Sea Serpents as a test since I am the author of the book The Great New England Sea Serpent. Their research is almost comically superficial. They made no reference to the greatest Sea Serpent researcher of all time Bernard Heuvelmans, nor did they reference Rupert Gould or Loren Coleman. Clearly they read the equivalent of an encyclopedia entry on sea serpents and are pretending that they know what they are talking about. In discussing the famous Daedalus sighting, they... more

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