Episode 135 – Seeds

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Every plant starts somewhere, and often that somewhere is a small, secure, sturdy container capable of protecting, nourishing, and carrying a plant embryo until it’s time to sprout. This episode, we discuss the biology, evolution, and incredible paleontological importance of Seeds.

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Episode 134 – Sanguivores (Blood-Eaters)

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Blood is nutritious, easy to digest, and not hard to come by, so it’s no surprise that thousands of animals around the world have evolved a taste for the stuff. This episode, we discuss the diversity, adaptations, and evolutionary history of Sanguivores.

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Episode 132 – Mary and Louis Leakey

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They are two of the biggest names in the history of paleoanthropology and human evolution, and they’re one of history’s most impressive scientific duos. This episode, we discuss the science and stories of Mary and Louis Leakey.

Our guest this episode is Meredith Johnson, Communications Director at the Leakey Foundation and host of Origin Stories! Learn more here!

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Episode 131 – Volcanoes

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When molten rock finds a path to Earth’s surface, the result can include lava seeps, gas leaks, explosions of ash, the reshaping of landscapes, the alteration of the climate, the elimination of ecosystems, and perhaps even in certain cases, widespread extinction. This episode, we talk (at length) about the geological and biological impacts of Volcanoes.

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Episode 128 – the Deep Sea

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Far below the ocean surface, where light, heat, and food become scarce, there is a vast environment that supports strange organisms highly adapted for survival in this harsh underwater landscape. This episode, we discuss the mysteries, past and present, of the Deep Sea.

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Episode 127 – The Hell Creek Formation

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In the Upper Great Plains of the United States is a series of ancient sediments that have for more than a century been a premier source of information on the very end of the Age of Dinosaurs. This episode, we discuss the history, science, and significance of the Hell Creek Formation.

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Episode 126 – Mimicry

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Communication is key among organisms. Various signals – sights, sounds, smells – can serve to warn, attract, or manipulate others. So it’s no surprise that many organisms have evolved to copy the signals of others for their own deceitful purposes. In this episode, we discuss the diversity and evolution of Mimicry.

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