Terrible Lizards is a podcast about Dinosaurs with Dr David Hone and Iszi Lawrence.
Dinosaur Locomotion With Dr Esther Odekunle
There are a few animals that are motionless for part or even most of their lives (like barnacles) but the average animal is one that moves. Dinosaurs obviously did so, but things inevitably get complicated quickly when trying to work out exactly how well they could run, jump and climb. This time out we tackle these issues and the information we have to work from, especially footprints. We are joined by Dr Esther Odekunle who has a very pertinent question about dinosaurs in water.
Dinosaur Food with Robin Ince
What do we know about dinosaur diets? In this episode we dive into the guts of dinosaurs and look at their teeth, jaws, stomachs and yes, coprolites are back again. From microscopic scratches on the enamel of their teeth through to the last meals that they ate, dinosaur fossils provide a surprising range of information on what they ate, and how. After digesting this gastronomic information, we are joined by Robin Ince for an aperitif of dinosaur cannibalism and egg thievery.
Dinosaur Extinction with Phil Plait
If there’s one thing that everyone knows about dinosaurs it is that they are extinct. We we have a quick stroll through some of those ideas and deal with the prime suspect of the last 30 years – an impact from outer space. Happily, we have the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait, @badastronomer as our guest so the questions go both ways on dinosaurs and asteroids. We hope you enjoy the cold open.
Were dinosaurs cold blooded with Rebecca Watson
The physiology of dinosaurs – how ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ they were and what that might mean for their levels of activity, growth, behaviour and even where they could live given local climates.. Also on this show we end up at the end of the digestive system as our guest, the Skep-Chick herself, Rebecca Watson asks about the second most famous bit of Jurassic Park and just how much waste would be coming out of a dinosaur. Don’t say we never tackle the critical questions.
Protoceratops with Faith Child
This week we tackle a small dinosaur that should be much better known, a classic contemporary of Velociraptor and the other half of the fighting dinosaurs, Protoceratops. We have a fantastic set of data to work from and as a result a lot of research has been done on this frilled dinosaur. This week our guest is singer Faith Child who wants to know just how close (or indeed far) humans are to dinosaurs evolutionarily.
Velociraptor with Penn Jillette
Few people had heard of Velociraptor before Jurassic Park, but it is now an A-lister alongside Tyrannosaurus. There are huge misconceptions about its size, appearance, capabilities and behaviour. Dave and Iszi work their way through the myths and realities of this little Mongolian predator. Our first guest of the season is half of Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette wants to know about the longevity of dinosaur lineages and how common they were in the Mesozoic.
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A really interesting podcast on all things Dinosaurs
Both David and Iszi are very personable and funny. The information is really interesting and very fascinating. I love dinosaurs so it’s nice to have a podcast that is not so academic it’s dry and boring but also doesn’t assume the listener has no knowledge of dinosaurs. Thanks for a great podcast!
Just what I needed this summer
The thing I love about Iszi Lawrence is her unabashed enthusiasm for her topics. Many of the other podcasters I listen to are cool, or intelligent, or argumentative; Iszi is a fangirl. A fangirl for Paleontology!
As in her other podcasts, she is funny and smart and intellectually engaging, but is her joyful enthusiasm that sets her work apart.
Not to slight Dave Hone, though I get the impression that he is not used to a show about his field being this much fun.
I am writing this in the summer of 2020, when the need for smart, funny people talking about something other than the pandemic is great. This has been my go to podcast for long drives and long tasks.
An educational and entertaining podcast that is keeping us entertained during lock-down!