33 episodes

Alaskan artist, Ray Troll, and his friend, ventriloquist David Strassman, host exciting interviews with paleontologists, scientists and fellow paleo nerds from around the world.

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Alaskan artist, Ray Troll, and his friend, ventriloquist David Strassman, host exciting interviews with paleontologists, scientists and fellow paleo nerds from around the world.

    Episode #32 The Hot Blooded Dinosaur Revolutionary with Bob Bakker

    Episode #32 The Hot Blooded Dinosaur Revolutionary with Bob Bakker

    Dr. Bob Bakker is widely known as the "Dinosaur Heretic". Over his long career, he has revolutionized our understanding of dinosaur behavior and overturned many outdated concepts.  Get an insight into the mind of this bold maverick and expansive thinker in our season two finale.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode # 31 The Tantalizing Truth about Trilobites with Sam Gon III

    Episode # 31 The Tantalizing Truth about Trilobites with Sam Gon III

    Sam Ohu Gon III, trilobite expert and Senior Scientist & Cultural Advisor for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi. Sam looks to traditional Hawaiian cultural history as an example for a sustainable future.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode #30 Diving into Hell's Aquarium with Laura Wilson

    Episode #30 Diving into Hell's Aquarium with Laura Wilson

    Imagine time traveling back to the Western Interior Seaway AKA "Hell's Aquarium." It's a fitting nickname for the shallow marine environment, full of fish with teeth so big they ate differently than modern fish.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode #29 Fighting Anti-Science with Facts and Fossils with Don Prothero

    Episode #29 Fighting Anti-Science with Facts and Fossils with Don Prothero

    Don Prothero has written 48 books and counting! And he has repeatedly gone to bat for science, using the facts of the fossil record to disprove creationist beliefs.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode #28 Mammoths, Mummies and Wolves (Oh My!) with Grant Zazula

    Episode #28 Mammoths, Mummies and Wolves (Oh My!) with Grant Zazula

    Grant Zazula is a Paleo Nerd! His interest in archaeology is what attracted him to the Pleistocene and now he studies in the mighty Yukon, managing thousands of fossils that are byproducts of the mining industry.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode #27 A Crash Course on the Great Alaskan Terrane-Wreck with Connie Soja

    Episode #27 A Crash Course on the Great Alaskan Terrane-Wreck with Connie Soja

    Connie Soja has extensively studied the paleontology of the Alexander terrane, a gigantic crustal fragment that underlies Ray's backyard of Southeast Alaska. In fact, she's reconstructed ancient environments around the globe!

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

PaigeAK ,

My favorite podcast!

Yes, I am a paleo nerd! I learn something new with every episode. Awesome guests, and so fun to listen to these guys nerd out. I laugh every time I hear the mispronunciation/“wrong again” buzzer. So relatable! Thanks for making a great show, Ray and Dave. I’m a huge fan!

loose_mule ,

I never was a paleo nerd, but...

...this amazing podcast is not just about paleontology! There’s a lot of that, and their topics and guest experts have all been great. However, these guys are so eclectic both within and beyond biology that there is something for anybody who has any kind of interest in the natural world. Their knowledge is rock solid, and I always learn something. I’m such a happy listener!

dudesleepyjoe ,

Great podcast for those that love fossils!

I am a Paleo Nerd and I love this podcast! They have great guest and dive into each subject at just the right amount to keep it interesting without needing a PHD. I’ve always been a fan of Ray’s art and books and Dave adds humor and ask the questions that we are all afraid to ask. Thanks for getting me through the pandemic!

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