Along The Backbone
By Dr. Matthew Bonnan, Ph.D.
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Paleobiologist Dr. Matthew Bonnan explores the evolution of vertebrate anatomy, from bones to brains, through deep time.
||CleanEpisode 8: Face the Face||Of all the vertebrate animals, only mammals have muscles of facial expression ... why?||2/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Hands Down, or, Why Velociraptor Could Not Open Doors||The ability to open doors depends on two things: 1) being able to grip the door handle and 2) being able to rotate the hand so that the door handle turns. Could a hungry Velociraptor turn a door handle to get at you, the delectable human in hiding?||11/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: How the Dentist Came To Be So Important to Mammals||Why don't mammals continuously replace their teeth? The answer may surprise you.||11/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Elephants, Cats, and Ticking Clocks||Having upright limbs has advantages for mammals. And you probably want to know about how an elephant almost made Dr. Bonnan thinner.||10/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: A Brief History of Meat||Many of us enjoy eating meat, but few of us pause to think about how important its pre-meal form, skeletal muscle, is for vertebrate life.||10/14/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: How Do You Make a Snake?||It seems only fitting that a podcast series called Along the Backbone should discuss the formation of the backbone in one of lengthiest vertebrates: snakes.||10/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|