Episode 52 – Sounds of the Past (Fossil Bioacoustics)

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The sounds that animals make are a huge part of their behavior and how we recognize them. The sounds that prehistoric animals made, on the other hand, are lost to the past. But perhaps not entirely. There have been a few instances where fossils have given us clues to the noises these animals may have made, allowing paleontologists to reconstruct the Sounds of the Past.

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Episode 51 – Mosasaurs

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The Mesozoic Era was home to many successful marine reptiles, but the best ones (that is to say, David’s favorites) were the carnivorous, fully-aquatic, extremely successful lizards of the sea: the Mosasaurs.

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Episode 49 – Fake Fossils

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Most of the time on this podcast, we’re geeking out over fossils from around the world. But in this episode, we’re venting a bit about the darker side of fossil-hunting: fraud. We’re discussing fake fossils: why they happen, how they happen, and what effect they have on paleontology.

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Episode 48 – Sharks

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In this episode we discuss sharks and their evolutionary history. Sharks are well know today as the top predators in many of the world’s ocean environments, but this wasn’t always the case. We’re covering the features that define a sharks and taking a look at some of the most interesting cases along the 400 million year story of shark evolution.

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Episode 47 – Early Synapsids (“Proto-Mammals”)

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In today’s world, there is only one group of synapsids: the mammals. But for a good 100 million years before true mammals appeared, a diverse array of non-mammalian synapsids dominated ecosystems on land. In this episode, we’re following the story of synapsid evolution from their earliest lizard-like ancestors right up to the origin of true mammals.

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