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Palaeo After Dark

By James Lamsdell, Amanda Falk, and Curtis Congreve

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Description

A group of fresh faced scientists have biweekly informal discussions about evolutionary biology and palaeontology... over beer.

Customer Reviews

Insightful, in depth, and good humored Palaeo podcast

This is an excellent podcast in the ever burgeoning section on podcasts on palaeontology. The three hosts provide good explanations on topics related to the subject. Occasional diversions serve as necessary breaks from the heady material, but you'll leave each episode knowing more about the subject area.

I love filthy-mouthed nerds

I'm not a paleontologist or even a biologist, but I enjoy the heck out of this show. The 3 hosts review a couple of paleo-related papers in every podcast, heavily laced with vehement editorializing, eccentric personal asides, weird pop cultural digressions, and colorful invective. I don't always have a clue what they're talking about (and sometimes I don't even care--there's not a single thing I want to know about brachypods [sp?], now or ever), but the podcast gives me the pleasant illusion that I'm totally hip with their science-nerd in-jokes.

The only con would be that sometimes they forget to provide all the background explanations that outsiders could use (though Curtis, to give credit where it's due, does try.)

Also, not sure if they take requests, but I'd love a few more episodes grappling with paleaobotany. And would it be possible to dip into paleoanthropolgy occasionally? Just as a sort of field trip into an adjacent field of study?

Less them, more us.

I love the more technical approach, but it’s often hard to follow with constant digression. The team is so intent on being cute and smart, I find myself just cringing between the real content and the posturing. I just wish they would spend that time with more background on the actual discussion topics. There is no shortage of podcasts ranting about movies, but intelligent talk about paleontology today, which has become so diverse and interesting, is not that common. I don’t mind argument, even beer influenced, if it’s on topic. The negative generalizations don’t help us a ton either. Point out problems, by all means. But less Fox News please. I’d love hear more about what excites the cast, less ranting about their frustrations. There are wonderful moments in the podcast, but the price to hear them can be high at times. Now, I’m sure there are fans who love it as is, but come on guys, you don’t have to impress us to this degree. Have fun, but don’t forget many listeners are really tuning in to learn more about current Paleontology, not how to use the F-word. We all know how to do that. :)

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