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Terrible Lizards is a podcast about Dinosaurs with Dr David Hone and Iszi Lawrence.

Terrible Lizards Iszi Lawrence and David Hone

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    • 4.9 • 107 Ratings

Terrible Lizards is a podcast about Dinosaurs with Dr David Hone and Iszi Lawrence.

    Displaying Dinonsaurs

    Displaying Dinonsaurs

    We are into series 9 now and still going, though starting with this episode, in a bid to be more consistent and less panicked about completing series and the gaps between, we’re moving to being a monthly podcast. So no end in sight yet for all you dinosaur (and sometimes pterosaur) lovers. 
    Anyway, we’re kicking off by talking about arguably the most common way that people encounter dinosaurs and that’s museum displays and exhibits. Dave and Iszi talk through how these things get set up, the constraints and compromises necessary and how to try and cater for all. Unsurprisingly, it’s rather complex to balance space, time, money, science, accessibility and protect the fossils on display. Hopefully, it gives some insight into how these things come to be and how they are supposed to work at least.
    We also cover whether T Rex and other theropods had primate like numbers of telencephalic neurons and what this means. Were they really like baboons?
     
    Links:
    A blog post about the little exhibition on pterosaurs Dave put together way, way back in 2007: https://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/the-great-pterosaur-exhibition-of-2007/
     
    A website covering the Titus exhibition that Dave helped to create: https://fourfamilyadventures.co.uk/titus-t-rex-is-king-wollaton-hall-nottingham/
     
    The paper we discuss: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cne.25453

    • 56 min
    Were T.Rex 70 percent bigger? The Questions Episode!

    Were T.Rex 70 percent bigger? The Questions Episode!

    The end of the series is our favourite - we answer your questions! 
    A massive thank you to our patrons who contributed the questions. Go to patreon.com/terriblelizardds for a bonus episode out next week.
    Do keep in touch #terriblelizards @iszi_lawrence @dave_hone
    Buy Dave's Book - How fast did T.Rex Run/The future of Dinosaurs.
    Look out for iszi's childrens books: Blackbeard's Treasure is out in January with Bloomsbury.
    RAWR!

    • 52 min
    Chewing Triceratops with Ali Nabavizadeh

    Chewing Triceratops with Ali Nabavizadeh

    Dinosaur jaws and feeding with Ali Nabavizadeh
    We started with theropod feeding but what about the herbivores? This week we’re joined by Ali Nabavizadeh who specialises in the jaws and teeth of the ornithischian dinosaurs and how these work and how this plays into their feeding ecology. This gives Dave ample opportunity to ask vexing questions about their jaws and elicit the same response he gives whenever asked about T. rex being a scavenger, but it does mean that Ali talks about how the hadrosaur dental battery works, how similar they are to ceratopsians and whether or not these animals have cheeks. 
    Links:
    Ali on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vert_Anatomist
    Ali’s webpages: https://www.vet.upenn.edu/people/faculty-clinician-search/aliNabavizadeh
    Support Terrible Lizards on Patreon

    • 56 min
    Biomechanics of Dinosaur Motion with John Hutchinson

    Biomechanics of Dinosaur Motion with John Hutchinson

    Although we looked at some biomechanical work earlier this series, this time we get into the real depths of how dinosaurs moved. John Hutchinson joins us with tales of galloping crocodiles and white dots on elephants in an effort to understand how these animals move as part of his work on dinosaur locomotion. We talk about how Jurassic Park cheated to make the T. rex look faster and just how you can build a model of such huge animals from their bones and how reliable such an exercise really is. We also return to the subject of disability in science and look at how John’s work has been affected by epilepsy over the last few years. 
     
    Links:
    John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnRHutchinson
    John’s Blog: https://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com
    Our Twitters 
    @iszi_lawrence and @dave_hone
    Please support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/terriblelizards

    • 52 min
    Sauropodcast with Paul Upchurch

    Sauropodcast with Paul Upchurch

    Some dinosaurs haven’t had enough love on here (though some get what they deserve, I mean, who even likes Stegosaurus?) and chief among them are the sauropodomorphs. However, this week we make a belated and desperate attempt to correct that by talking to Paul Upchurch for an hour. One of the world’s leading experts on these herbivorous giants, he takes us through a whole bunch of his research history from obscure British sauropods to the long necked mamenchisaurs and other oddities. We also talk about disability in science as Paul has a severe visual impairment and he talks about how this has affected him during his career. 
    Links:
    Paul’s research pages: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/people/academic/prof-paul-upchurch
    Support the show on patreon! https://www.patreon.com/terriblelizards
     

    • 54 min
    Crystal Palace Dinosaurs with Mark Witton

    Crystal Palace Dinosaurs with Mark Witton

    Crystal Palace Dinosaurs with Mark Witton
    We have covered palaeoart here from time to time and the process of producing images of dinosaurs and other prehistoric life (as both technical illustrations and more creative life reconstructions) but one of the most important of these gets far too little attention. In the 1800s life size replicas of dozens of ancient animals were put up in a park in south London and are still there today. Palaeontologist and palaeoartist Mark Witton joins us to talk about this history, their importance, why they are falling apart and the efforts to conserve them. Happily he’s put out a book on this very subject, the research for which has revealed surprising and important new details about these first models of dinosaurs. 
     
    Links:
    Mark on Twitter
     https://twitter.com/MarkWitton
    Mark’s webpages:
    https://www.markwitton.co.uk
    Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs website
    https://linktr.ee/cpdinosaurs

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Allosaurus888 ,

Good

Really good always liked dinosaurs for my hole twelve and a quarter life and this has provided me with even more knowledge

_januari_ ,

🦕 Best dinosaur podcast 🦖

🦕🦕🦕 I love this podcast. So informative. They really go into a lot of detail while still being accessible to non-specialists. And really good chemistry between the hosts. Love you Dave and Iszi 🦖🦖🦖

alice8705 ,

Love it

My partner and I really enjoy this podcast, especially on long car journeys. Fills us with knowledge (not sure how much stays in my head though!) and makes us giggle. Their relationship is lovely, David’s “anyway…” is a polite way of saying “shush now Iszi” 😂Thank you for making it! Rarrrr! 🦖🦕🦖🦕🦖🦕

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