By Matt Borths and Adam Pritchard
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Past Time is a podcast that explores how we know what we know about the past. There's a special focus on the fossil record - it is hosted by two paleontologists - but delving into the story of the past isn't limited to dry bones. Today's paleontologists use techniques drawn from other sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Biology to figure out what extinct animals were like and how they lived. Whether you are just starting to learn about the amazing animals that have called this planet home, or you have been fascinated by fossils for a long time, we hope you will join us as we dig into past times. Keywords: Paleontology, Dinosaurs, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Animals, Fossils, Extinction
||News Bite: Parental care in extinct reptiles||A new fossil shows an ancient reptile, Philydrosaurus, surrounded by young. Possible evidence that parental investment is a more ancient trait in land-based vertebrates than paleontologists thought! Reptiles aren’t known for being great parents. When it||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||News Bite: Giant dinosaur brain from Uzbekistan!||Researchers lead by Hans-Dieter Sues from the Smithsonian Institution described a wealth of new giant, long-necked dinosaur material from Western Asia (Uzbekistan). They were able to reconstruct what the brain looked like and discvered the dinosaur, part||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: Iguanodon, History of a Dinosaur!||Iguanodon was discovered before the word dinosaur was invented and the story of Iguanodon research is the story of dinosaur research as paleontologists use new fossils to test old ideas about what the animal looked like and how it moved. Was it a lumberin||12/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 14: The Art of Dinosaurs||To conjure up extinct environments, museums, books, and documentaries rely on art to show vanished animals revitalized in their ancient surroundings. This type of educational reconstruction is called Paleoart (or Palaeoart for the UK inclined) and you can||9/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 13: Following in the Footsteps of Dinosaurs||When we think of paleontologists, we think of people hunkered down with bones, teeth, and shells studying the preserved body parts of dead organisms. But animals leave behind more than just their skeletons. As they walk they can leave behind footprints, a||7/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 12: Growing up Dinosaur||When we think of iconic dinosaurs, like T. rex with its massive head full of teeth, and Parasaurolophus crowned with a gigantic, tube-like horn, we’re thinking of the features of adult dinosaurs. But we know from looking around today that animals change||6/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: Weird Whales and Swimming Sloths||Marine mammals are fascinating beasts. Whales, manatees, seals, otters...theyve all gone back to the water and in the process evolved all kinds of spectacular adaptations to make a living in a soggy setting. Toothed evolved an ability to “see” the und||5/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 11: Trilobites and the Cincinnati Sea||Over 400 million years ago the oceans were teeming with life, but it didn’t look much like what you see at the aquarium or in Finding Nemo. Instead of colorful fish flitting through coral reefs, the ancient seas had giant, shelled squids darting past th||4/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: From Terror Bird to Gentle Giant||50 million-years ago, the heir to Tyrannosaurus stalked the forests of ancient Europe and North America, snapping up the tiny ancestors of horses, cows, and wolves in its colossal meat-cleaving beak. Gastornis was a six-foot-tall, flightless bird and the||3/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: The Alien Turtle and Ancient Color||Meet Alienochelys selloumi, a giant, snorkel-nosed turtle with powerful, shell-crushing plates in its massive beak! The distant relative of the largest turtle alive today, the leatherback sea turtle, Alienochelys swam the ancient ocean of North Africa at||1/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 10: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Discovery||Little people! Giant reptiles! Towering elephants! Huge birds! It sounds like the stuff of literary and box-office gold, but this Middle-Earth-like world actually existed 17,000 years ago on Flores, an island near Indonesia. Homo floresiensis, or The Hobb||1/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: The Giant Before the Tyrant!||Last episode we featured Lythronax, the oldest-known North American tyrannosaur and a close relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. But tyrannosaurs weren’t the only big carnivores to tromp through the Mesozoic of North America. Before the tyrant lizards were hu||11/30/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 9: New Relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex!||Tyrannosaurus rex is a dinosaur celebrity, a villain in most dinosaur movies and documentaries, but where did the massive beast come from? On November 6, 2013, a team of paleontologists including our expert in this episode, Dr. Randy Irmis from the Univer||11/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 8: Crocodiles are the Chomping Champions||Fossils are the raw materials of paleontology, but if we want to know how an animal moved or ate, paleontologists, like Dr. Paul Gignac, need to study living animals, too. Dr. Gignac studies crocodylians, measuring their bite forces across species and as||10/28/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 7: Walking through Whale Evolution||Whales are spectacularly specialized mammals that seem perfectly adapted to their marine habitat. Plenty of other mammals have gone back to the water, but whales take it to a whole new level. No back legs, weird ear bones, noses on top of the head. What c||10/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: New Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs!||Mammals were scrambling around during the Age of Dinosaurs and theyre usually seen as small, shrew-like animals waiting for their chance to become diverse. But recent research, including three new fossils discovered in 160 million-year-old rocks from Chin||9/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 6: Tiny Horses, Galloping Crocs, and Fossilized Jungles!||The fossil record is pretty patchy. Most discoveries are tooth fragments, chunks of shell, or isolated slivers of bone and paleontologists are trained to eke out as much information from these precious fragments as they can. But some fossil deposits prese||8/16/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 5: Throwing in Human Evolution||Humans are weird animals. We walk around on two legs, we have big brains...and we like to throw things at each other. Did all this happen in a gradual march to Homo sapiens? In this episode of Past Time, Adam and Matt talk to Dr. Susan Larson, an expert o||8/2/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quick Bite: Ocepechelon the Whale Turtle||Meet Ocepechlon, one of the strangest turtles to ever paddle the open ocean in our first Past Time Quick Bite! This new species was announced a few weeks ago based on a lone, beautifully preserved skull from the Late Cretaceous (end of the Age of Dinosaur||7/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 4: Giant Dinosaur Mysteries||Sauropod dinosaurs, the long necked creatures like Apatasaurus and Brachiosaurus, were the biggest animals to ever leave a footprint on the Earth. They were the size of whales, but didnt have the luxury of water to help them support their bulk! The massiv||7/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 3: What is a Reptile?||We all know what a reptile is, right? Scaly, sprawling legs, cold blooded. But where did they come from and how are they all related to one another? What makes a lizard different from a crocodile? In this episode Adam teaches Matt about the different line||6/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 2: Birds are Dinosaurs!||What is a dinosaur? What is a bird? Theyre related somehow, but how does a paleontologist figure out how close Velociraptors and penguins are in the dinosaur family tree? In this episode of Past Time, Matt and Adam talk to Dr. Alan Turner, an expert on fo||6/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 1: Finding fossils in Madagascar||Are there really new fossils to find out there? How do paleontologists even figure out where to look? In the first episode of Past Time, Adam and Matt talk to Dr. Dave Krause from Stony Brook University about his incredible discoveries from Madagascar. He||5/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
A podcast about PRE-historic life. So far great shows and great presentation. Keep up the fantastic work and keep the topics varied as well. (Even though i wouldn't mind every show being about Dinosaurs.) My one critique is I wish the shows were longer,at least 30 minutes, but since you guys are only into a few episodes I can understand. I'm going to do my part and spread the good word.
Better and Better
This most recent podcast has Matt and Adam in their stride. They're truly showing off both their creativity and their paleo-expertise. This podcast was the most tightly produced and had the benefit of both solid content and compelling production values.
Serious, yet Fun
Great show if you like the dinosaurs. ITs detailed enough to be interesting, stimulating, and not juvenile. But not so hardcore that you will feel lost if you don't have a computer in front of you to look everything up.