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This is our world, and these are the stories it tells. A paleontology podcast 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

    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 recognized for what it truly was decades after its discovery.

    This is the story of the Burgess Shale.

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    • 16 min
    Mini-episode 2: Barinasuchus arveloi

    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 their history, and how they adapted to life during the reign of dinosaurs and beyond.

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    • 13 min
    Episode 6: Megalosaurus bucklandii

    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 it won't change again. 

    This is a story about the first dinosaurs to be called dinosaurs, and how we must always question what we know.

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    • 18 min
    Mini-episode 1: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 2

    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 century. 

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    • 8 min
    Episode 5: Tyrannosaurus rex, Part 1

    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.

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    • 17 min
    Episode 4: Arthropleura armata

    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 away. 

    This wasn't always the case. When the right conditions presented themselves 350 million years ago, bugs seized their chance to grow. And grow they did.

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

Chrøme ,

Brilliant!

Well told stories about the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures that put them in there context and keeps you listen

Home cool ,

It's over right?

I loved this podcast when it was first recommended to me by the iTunes features section TWO years ago! Why is it still a feature? It's been done for a while.

kale0099 ,

why is this in the Featured section??

there are 7 episodes and it hasnt been updated in years i dont understand

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