This episode features a conversation on The Passion of Animals with paleontologist and science communicator, Scott Sampson. Dr. Sampson is currently the President and CEO of Science World in Vancouver. Sampson is notable for his work on carnivorous theropod dinosaurs and his extensive research into the Late Cretaceous Period, particularly in Madagascar.
Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.
In this conversation, Scott tells the compelling story of Earth’s fossil record. Touching on topics ranging from the ancient ecosystems of dinosaurs to the co-evolution of the human with other species, this interview highlights the importance of understanding mass extinctions.
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What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?
What roles do we play in Earth's history?
How do we connect with the intricate web of life?
This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.
The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times.
How did we come to be part of this universe story?
How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing?
This series is a gateway into exploring these questions.
In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story. Each podcast will have a section of the Journey of the Universe film narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme followed by a conversation hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale.
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