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A free webseries exploring the fossil record and the evolution of life on Earth.

    Dietary Ecology of Smilodon fatalis Pt1

    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.

    • 36 min
    Naked Ammonite

    Naked Ammonite

    When an ammonite loses its shell, what kind of anatomical information can be found lying beneath? Prof. Christian Klug joins.

    • 50 min
    The Soom Shale

    The Soom Shale

    We consider the unique taphonomy of the Soom Shale biota with Prof. Sarah Gabbott.

    • 59 min
    South African Sauropodomorphs

    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.

    • 36 min
    Decolonising Palaeontology

    Decolonising Palaeontology

    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.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ice Age Palaeoecology

    Ice Age Palaeoecology

    Dr Jacquelyn Gill talks about how Pleistocene palaeoecology can inform us about future ecological change.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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