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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Listen up! The world around us is full of sound, and animals have evolved numerous strategies for receiving and interpreting those sounds. In this episode, we discuss the many varieties of sound-sensing organs and how they’ve evolved repeatedly throu... more
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These days, we Homo sapiens are the only humans around, but that wasn’t always the case. This episode, we are joined by special guest Dr. Bridget Alex to discuss our most famous extinct cousins, Neanderthals. We explore what makes them similar and di... more
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.
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.
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
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
Clever and knowledgeable discussions. Good level of science for novices and those that might be more advanced! more
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