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Two paleontologists-turned-science-communicators chatting about the diversity of life: past and present!

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Two paleontologists-turned-science-communicators chatting about the diversity of life: past and present!

    Episode 104 - Pinnipeds

    Episode 104 - Pinnipeds

    Seals, sea lions, and walruses (oh my!) are widespread, successful, and invariably charming. In this episode, we take a look at how they’re adapted for their aquatic lifestyles and how they might have gotten that way. We’ll explore some of the unanswered questions about their origins and evolution, and we’ll take a tour through their diverse but spotty fossil record.
    Time markers: Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00News: 00:04:00Main discussion, Part 1: 00:29:00Main discussion, Part 2: 00:57:00Patron question: 01:32:00
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.
    Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 42 min
    End of the Year Q&A 2020

    End of the Year Q&A 2020

    Happy New Year!
    A huge thanks to everyone who sent in questions for this year’s Q&A – we got more than we could even answer! – and to everyone who has supported the podcast this year by listening, sharing, donating, and reaching out to us.
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.

    • 3 hr 47 min
    Episode 103 – The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

    Episode 103 – The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

    The PETM has been called the largest natural climate change event of the Cenozoic Era. It marks the transition from the ecosystems of the Paleocene to the more familiar world of the Eocene and is thus an important step in making the world the way we know it today. But maybe most importantly, it is a dramatic case study in what happens when a huge amount of Carbon injected into the atmosphere triggers rapid warming of global climate … you know, in case anyone needs to know about that.
    In the news: pterosaur cousins, oldest pythons, burrowed dinosaurs, and hibernating hominins.
    Time markers: Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00News: 00:04:30Main discussion, Part 1: 00:32:30Main discussion, Part 2: 01:03:00 Patron question: 01:36:30
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.
    Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 102 - Parasites

    Episode 102 - Parasites

    The word parasite doesn’t typically invoke a lot of happy thoughts for us humans, but as far as life on Earth is concerned, parasitism is a path to success. As we discuss in this episode, an incredible diversity of organisms, past and present, have developed an equally incredible diversity of strategies for stealing, siphoning, and exploiting resources from other organisms.
    In the news: surprise bird beak, alligator tails, flightless birds, and chemical re-assessment.
    Time markers: Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00News: 00:05:00Main discussion, Part 1: 00:39:30Main discussion, Part 2: 01:21:00Patron question: 01:55:00
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
    Submit your questions for our End of the Year Q&A using this form, closing December 15th! https://forms.gle/2BDWts2RaKzRo3hL8
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.
    Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Episode 101 - Sauropods

    Episode 101 - Sauropods

    Is there a group of dinosaurs more iconic than sauropods? Famous for their ridiculously long necks, their global success, their astounding diversity, and of course for their unparalleled size, sauropods have fascinated and puzzled people for centuries. In this episode, we’ll explore what makes sauropods and their ancestors special, and we’ll talk a bit about how they functioned at truly colossal scales.
    In the news: strange-jawed sharks, ancient walruses, dinosaur demise, and the oldest blindsnakes.
    Time markers: Intro & Announcements: 00:00:00News: 00:07:00Main discussion, Part 1: 00:38:30Main discussion, Part 2: 01:04:30Patron question: 01:42:00
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
    Submit your questions for our End of the Year Q&A using this form: https://forms.gle/2BDWts2RaKzRo3hL8
    Find merch at the Common Descent Store! http://zazzle.com/common_descent
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.
    Musical Interludes are "Professor Umlaut" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 52 min
    100 Episodes: A Look Back

    100 Episodes: A Look Back

    We’ve released 100 episodes of the podcast! Plus, more than 50 side episodes, a handful of YouTube videos, some live shows … it’s been quite a journey. In this episode, we take some time to look back over our experience, to discuss some of our favorite aspects of the podcast, and above all, to thank our listeners.
    Thank you. To everyone who listens to the podcast; everyone who supports us on Patreon; everyone who sends us requests, questions, comments, and feedback; everyone who follows us on social media or leaves a review on iTunes; everyone who comes to see us at DragonCon; everyone who tells their friends about us. This podcast wouldn’t exist without all of you, and we are so, so glad it exists.
    Here’s to another 100 episodes.
    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/
    Submit your questions for our End of the Year Q&A using this form: https://forms.gle/2BDWts2RaKzRo3hL8
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    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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256 Ratings

256 Ratings

trin massey ,

Great podcast

I love the enthusiasm and excitement for learning really makes a great show.

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incredible!!!

i’ve been listening to this podcast everyday for a few weeks now and i’m always blown away! not only is it extremely well researched and eye opening, but so entertaining, too! plus, the subject of this podcast is the coolest ever—who doesn’t like dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures and events???

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Magic of horses

I just listened to your podcast on the evolution of the horse and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Extremely informative and entertaining. There is only one thing you left out. Evolutionarily speaking, what makes a 1000 lb powerful animal work so hard to understand what I’m asking, and respond to my lightest cue once he gets it? Because quite honestly, that is the magic of horses, and that’s what truly sets them apart.
-Horse Lover

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