The Common Descent Podcast
By Common Descent
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Two paleontologists-turned-science-communicators chatting about the diversity of life: past and present!
||CleanEpisode 26 - Astrobiology||In the news: Ancient Americans, a frozen baby rhino, unique dinosaur bones, and a surprising shared feature of cells. This episode, we look to the stars! ...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - The Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinction||In the news: mistaken Archaeopteryx identity, ticks with a taste for dinosaurs, evolution of the Tibetan Plateau, and ancient bear hibernation. In this episode, we firmly ...||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Sloths||In the news: pterosaur eggs, a bizarre swimming dinosaur, the plight of paleontological monuments, and the ears of plesiosaurs. This episode, by listener request, is all ...||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Jurassic Park||In the news: a new Jurassic glider, Tasmanian stromatolites, the world’s longest dinosaur trackway, and a tool for tracking fossils. Hold onto your butts … in ...||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Micropaleontology||In the news: daytime mammals, unusual dinosaur teeth, the dinosaur family tree (again), and dead male mammoths. This episode, we take a super up-close look at ...||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Dinosaurs, An Introduction||In the news: colorful dinosaurs, the rise of big herbivores, an Indian ichthyosaur, and saber-tooth DNA. There is no group of prehistoric creatures more iconic, more ...||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - The Scientific Method||In the news: fossilized salamander organs, dinosaur proteins (or not), the bizarre comb jellies, and fanged kangaroos. This episode, we’re taking a big step back at ...||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiversity in Paleontology - Special Episode||To coincide with Episode 19 of Common Descent, this is a compilation of voices, more than a dozen paleontologists sharing their varied perspectives on the ...||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Women in Paleontology||*FIXED. The original upload had an issue around 31:10, but we have re-uploaded properly! In the news: baby saber-tooths; Triceratops brains; surprises in dinosaur poop; ...||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18B - Human Evolution Part 2||In the second part of our exploration of our own evolutionary past, we focus in on one particular recent group of big-brained, bipedal hominins. We ...||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18A - Human Evolution Part 1||In the news: four-flippered swimming; the life of a dodo; weird whale teeth; and the many possible paths of evolution. This time, by request, we discuss ...||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)||In the news: several hundred research projects presented by paleontologists from all over the world, who came together at the end of August for the ...||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Cephalopods||In the news: a giant gets a name; a confusing early dinosaur; some really old ice; and a rockstar croc. This episode, by request, ...||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - The End-Triassic Extinction||In the news: a colorful armored giant; a surprise apex predator; epigenetics and variation; and some fast-evolving big-headed geckos! This episode, we’re talking mass extinction again! ...||8/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - The Gray Fossil Site||In the news: the speed of T. rex, warm-blooded evolution, dinosaur sails, and the earliest Australians. This episode, we finally take the time to talk in ...||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean…But We Digress - The History of Earth||And now for something completely different! Just how deep is Deep Time? Exactly how are important events arranged throughout our planet’s history? Which events are recent ...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - The Fossil Preparation Lab||In the news: swimming strategies of plesiosaurs, surprise marine mass extinction, a bone-crushing Jurassic croc, and the temperature of dinosaur eggs. The episode comes to you ...||7/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - The Geologic Time Scale||In the news: the shapes of bird eggs, very ancient amphibians, more dinosaur faces, and the history of hippos. This episode is about the history of ...||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Antarctica||In the news: a baby bird in amber, ancient elephant genetics, surprisingly early humans, and the formation of a famous dinosaur site. This episode is another ...||6/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean…But We Digress - Tyrannosaur Skin (and Feathers?)||We’re back for another digression! Another new study is making (ridiculous) headlines all across the internet! It’s the first published investigation of Tyrannosaurus scales, by Bell ...||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - The Tree of Life||In the news: giant ground sloth diets, how whales got huge, the crunching jaws of T. rex, and the evolution of soldier bees! This episode, ...||6/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - The Cambrian Explosion||In the news: brand new armored dinosaurs, a long-lost dino-baby, surprises from the human family tree, and snake fossils from our favorite fossil site!In this ...||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Conservation Paleontology||In the news: sword-tailed sea scorpions, finding ancient DNA without fossils, climate change during the end-Pleistocene extinction, and (maybe) the oldest humans in North America! This ...||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Primates||In the news: an ancient dinosaur-cousin, bats with diverse diets, and ancient predator injuries. In this episode, we are joined by special guest Ethan Fulwood! He ...||4/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Evolution of Flight||In the news: Dinosaur footprints; tyrannosaur faces; life in a crater; and a beautiful ancient bird. On this episode, we’re discussing one of nature’s most incredible ...||4/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean…But We Digress - Ornithoscelida||Some big dinosaur-related news dropped last week - so big we just had to talk about it! So here's a mini-episode (a small digression) about ...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - The K-Pg Extinction (the “Dinosaur Extinction”)||In the news: the first fish on land, the earliest sharks, some really old croc eggs, and some really really old plants! In this episode, we ...||3/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Island Evolution||In the news: ancient tortoise DNA, a better picture of dinosaurs, oyster conservation, and a giant scary worm! In this episode, we’re exploring the unique and ...||3/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Snakes||In the news: live-birth in archosaurs, ancient venom, horse evolution, and carnivorous plants! This time around the topic is David’s favorite group of life: snakes. We ...||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Crocodilians||We’re back for Episode 2! In the news: our bag-like ancestors, dinosaur proteins, giant otters, and Australian extinctions! This episode we’re talking about Will’s favorite group of ...||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Paleontology||It’s the first episode of the Common Descent Podcast! In the news: pterosaurs, sunspots, trilobites, and ghost sharks! Episode One’s discussion topic is the field ...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Seriously these guys are pretty good. They have great chemistry and keep me interested the whole time. Keep it up you two!
Excellent Podcast for those who love science.
Keep it up guys, great work!
Very informative and entertaining podcast!