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The podcast that provides top travel tips for time travellers. Each episode host David Mountain will be asking experts in palaeobiology about the most interesting, exciting and important aspects of prehistory.

The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory David Mountain

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The podcast that provides top travel tips for time travellers. Each episode host David Mountain will be asking experts in palaeobiology about the most interesting, exciting and important aspects of prehistory.

    S1 E6: The Pleistocene

    S1 E6: The Pleistocene

    For the season finale of The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory, host David Mountain ventures into the Pleistocene, a time of woolly mammoths, sabretooth cats and some pretty unpleasant wombattitude. From the barren wastes of the northern tundra to the treacherous woodlands of Ice Age Australia, discover the dos and don'ts (and the don't-even-think-about-its) of Pleistocene travel.

    Providing the travel advice are two Pleistocene experts: Dr Julie Meachen, a palaeontologist at Des Moines University (https://www.dmu.edu/directory/julie-meachen/; https://twitter.com/sabercatwoman) and Diana Fusco, a palaeontologist at Flinders University (https://sites.flinders.edu.au/palaeontology/home/people/research-students/diana-fusco/; https://twitter.com/HvyMetalPalaeo). If you want to find out more about Ice Age predators and marsupial megafauna - and why on earth wouldn't you? - then be sure to check out their research.

    Follow us on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.

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    • 37 min
    S1 E5: The Triassic

    S1 E5: The Triassic

    Gather round the campfire as host David Mountain prepares for an adventure through the Triassic, the Jurassic's older, cooler brother. If you can avoid being eaten by giant reptiles, falling into enormous dung beds and getting stuck in a two-million-year-long rainstorm, then the Triassic might just be the trip of your lifetime!

    Providing some much-needed travel advice are Dr Emma Dunne, a palaeobiologist at the University of Birmingham (https://emmadunne.weebly.com/; https://twitter.com/emmadnn) and Prof Mike Benton, a palaeontologist at the University of Bristol (https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/michael-j-benton). If you're interested in finding out more about the Triassic then make sure to check out their research.

    Follow us on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.

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    • 33 min
    S1 E4: The Cambrian

    S1 E4: The Cambrian

    Set your time machines for the dawn of the Phanerozoic! In this episode host David Mountain travels all the way back to the Cambrian period and dives into an unrecognisable world of bizarre creatures and treacherous environments.

    Helping to make sense of the oddest period in prehistory are Dr Martin Smith, a palaeontologist at Durham University (https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=14260; https://smithlabdurham.github.io/; https://twitter.com/palaeosmith) and Dr Xiaoya Ma, a palaeontologist at the University of Exeter (https://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/profile/index.php?web_id=Xiaoya_Ma). If you want to find out more about the Cambrian and its creatures then be sure to check out their research!

    Follow The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.

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    • 34 min
    S1 E3: The Permian

    S1 E3: The Permian

    Up for an adventure holiday? Then join host David Mountain as he travels back to the Permian, perhaps the most infamous interval in all Earth history. From giant insects to sabretooth reptiles to a truly massive mass extinction, the Permian promises to be a trip like no other.

    Providing some much-needed travel tips are Dr Neil Brocklehurst, a palaeobiologist at the University of Oxford (https://neilbrocklehurst.weebly.com/; https://twitter.com/palaeo_neil) and Dr Suresh Singh, a palaeontologist at the University of Bristol (https://twitter.com/palaeosingh). If you like what they're talking about then make sure to check out their research!

     Follow us on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.

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    • 37 min
    S1 E2: The Devonian

    S1 E2: The Devonian

    For this episode of The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory, host David Mountain travels all the way back to the Devonian period, 419-359 million years ago. In this weird world of giant fungi and armour-plated fish, what creatures should you look out for? Where should you pitch your tent? And should you really take a dip in Devonian waters?

    Providing the answers are two Devonian experts: Dr Sandy Hetherington, a palaeobotanist at the University of Edinburgh (https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-sandy-hetherington; https://twitter.com/Sandy_Heth), and Dr Alice Clement, a palaeontologist at Flinders University (https://www.flinders.edu.au/people/alice.clement; https://draliceclement.com/; https://twitter.com/DrAliceClement). Massive thanks to Sandy and Alice for sharing their advice. If you're interested in the evolution of forests and tetrapods - and I know you are - then make sure to check out their research!

    Follow us on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.
     
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    • 34 min
    S1 E1: The Cretaceous

    S1 E1: The Cretaceous

    Welcome to The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory! For this first episode, host David Mountain explores the dos and don'ts of travelling back to the Cretaceous period, 145-66 million years ago. What clothes should you pack? What dinosaurs should you look out for? And what are the chances you'll be eaten alive on your holiday?

    Providing the answers are two Cretaceous experts: Dr Monica Carvalho, a palaeobiologist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (https://moccada.wixsite.com/paleobiology; https://twitter.com/moccada), and Dr Max Stockdale, a palaeontologist at the University of Bristol (https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/max-t-stockdale; https://twitter.com/Max_Stockdale). Massive thanks to Monica and Max for appearing on the show. If you're interested in prehistoric crocodiles or the evolution of the rainforest - and I know you are - then make sure to check out their research!

     Follow us on Twitter @prehistoryguide. Find out more at prehistoryguide.co.uk.

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    • 36 min

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