By Sean Willett
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This is our world, and these are the stories it tells. A paleontology podcast by Sean Willett.
||Episode 7: Marrella splendens||Season 2: Enigmas; Episode 7: Marrella splendens; In paleontology, there is a word for fossil sites that seem to defy the laws of chance and nature: lagerstätten. This is the story of the most famous of the lagerstätte, a site only...||8/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mini-episode 2: Barinasuchus arveloi||Mini-episode 2: Barinasuchus arveloi This episode topic was chosen by Mathieu Dechalain. The pseudosuchians ruled before the dinosaurs, but they didn't just disappear after the end-Triassic extinction event. This is the abridged story of the rest of...||8/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6: Megalosaurus bucklandii||Season 2: Enigmas; Episode 6: Megalosaurus bucklandii We take a lot for granted, including what we think we know about the world. Even the most familiar of prehistoric animals was once interpreted completely differently, and there is no telling if...||6/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mini-episode 1: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 2||Mini-episode 1: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 2; Everyone knows T. rex. Everyone loves T. rex. But why? This is how our favourite prehistoric celebrity rose to fame, and how our view of dinosaur paleontology has changed in the last...||6/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 1||Season 1: Dynasties; Episode 5: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 1; There have been many dynasties, but there is only one true king. But even kings start small. And even kings must die. The first part of a two-part season finale. Like the podcast? Donate...||5/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4: Arthropleura armata||Season 1: Dynasties; Episode 4: Arthropleura armata; Humans have a troubled relationship with bugs. To be perfectly blunt, we don't like them very much at all. But at least they're small — easily crushed, swatted, and flicked...||4/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 3: Shuvosaurus inexpectatus||Season 1: Dynasties; Episode 3: Shuvosaurus inexpectatus; Dinosaurs ruled the world for over 150 million years, but this doesn't mean they were the only ones vying for the throne. When a kingdom is passed to a new family, only one family member...||3/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 2: Charnia masoni||Season 1: Dynasties; Episode 2: Charnia masoni; One of the greatest mysteries of paleontology is centred around one of the simplest organisms ever to inhabit our planet, a member of an ancient dynasty that ruled a world we can only begin to...||2/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 1: C. Megalodon||Season 1: Dynasties Episode 1: C. Megalodon A brief introduction, and then on to the fearsome mega-toothed shark — and how it changed paleontology forever.||1/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
This is a fine example of scientific storytelling — engaging dialogues and dramas unfolding from bare bone facts.
Even if you’re not a dinosaur/palaeontologist/science kind of person, you’ll like this. It’s less about the details of life on earth, but how our interpretation of them tells us about who we are and what we value.
A Trip Back to Our Prehistoric Past
I very much enjoyed listening to this podcast and decided to subscribe. Sean Willett takes us to a sacred place and it is fascinating to watch the scenarios of fledgling life forms unfold in our mind's eye as he relates how they might have appeared. Well worth the time to stop, listen, and contemplate.
Awesome podcast! Love the longer episode, keep it up! Looking forward to the next one