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Dietary Ecology of Smilodon fatalis Pt1
Smilodon is probably one of the most iconic mammalian apex predators with its extended upper canines and robustly-built forearms. In fact, when we compare Smilodon to modern cats (felids), we don’t see these same characteristics. So what were they used for? Was Smilodon specialised for any particular behaviour?
All of these questions feed in to the ‘dietary ecology’ of Smilodon and here to discuss that, and more, is Dr Larisa DeSantis of Vanderbilt University.
When an ammonite loses its shell, what kind of anatomical information can be found lying beneath? Prof. Christian Klug joins.
The Soom Shale
We consider the unique taphonomy of the Soom Shale biota with Prof. Sarah Gabbott.
South African Sauropodomorphs
In this episode, Elsa Panciroli talks to Dr Kimi Chappelle, a postdoctoral fellow at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, part of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Chappelle specialises in sauropodomorphs – the precursors of the giant sauropod dinosaurs like Diplodocus. Her recent work is helping build a picture of their growth and development.
Elsa takes a look at the legacy of racism and colonialism in palaeontology and museum collections, and what efforts are being made to address these issues.
Ice Age Palaeoecology
Dr Jacquelyn Gill talks about how Pleistocene palaeoecology can inform us about future ecological change.
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