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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 646 ratings
  • Informative, Entertaining, and Engaging

    Hosts David and Will display real enthusiasm for their subject matter- even the non-reptilian topics! more

    Apple Podcasts
    Evil Scok Monkey
    United States8 days ago
  • I'm really appreciative of how much work these hosts put into this awesome podcast. Thank you!

    a month ago
  • So many great topics

    This is my favorite podcast by far. This got me through traveling between clinical rotations (it just happened to line up perfectly with our two-week block schedules) and there's always such an amazing variety of topics, but every topic is well-researched and presented. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • 10/10 Listen if you’re patient.

    What a show. The time seems long but the whole show of an easy, pleasant, educational listen week after week. The news segments give variety to each episode and each week’s topic has enough scope to engage every listener. My current binge, love these guys.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Great podcast. Highly recommend if you like palaeo related things

    Love it a lot

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 months ago

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