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06 July 2020

zoology podcast
  • Episode 171: Giant Tortoise of the Galápagos
    30 June 2020

    We last visited the legendary Galápagos Islands in Episode 118 with the Marine Iguana. This week we cover the more famous Galápagos Tortoise. Their natural history and conservation story is incredible and should not be missed. Joins us this week as we chat all about this giant and unique reptile.

    For one cup of "good" coffee a month you can support your favorite podcast and give back to conservation. We also offer bonus episodes and supporter only content. We also donate portions of what we raise to a conservation organization each month.  We recently gave money to Global Conservation Force. While you will be supporting free education to the masses, we also will not be offering a post show podcast to Patreon members.

    Please considering supporting us at Patreon HERE.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening. 

    Show notes HERE

  • Episode 112: Extinction of the dinosaurs
    30 June 2020

    The end-Cretaceous (or K-Pg) extinction is one of the best known mass extinctions in Earth's history, primarily because that is when non-avian dinosaurs disappeared. Although the popular idea is that an asteroid impact was what caused the extinction, the science hasn't actually been that clear. More recently, a second hypothesis has challenged the idea asteroid as the main culprit, suggesting that huge volcanic eruptions in what is now India called the Deccan Traps was responsible. It has also been suggested that dinosaurs were already in decline when these things happened, speeding up the inevitable.

    In this interview, we speak with Dr Alessandro Chiarenza, a research associate at University College London about his new paper published today in PNAS showing that it really was the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs. This new study, based on research he did during his PhD at Imperial College London, uses a large amount of data put into climatic models to analyse different scenarios caused by an asteroid impact, the Deccan Traps volcanism, and a combination of the two. This study showed that the asteroid caused a prolonged impact winter, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • Episode 90 - "Living Fossils"
    28 June 2020

    "Living fossils" aren't really a thing, not the way they're typically talked about anyway, and the term can be a source of debate among scientists and science communicators. In this episode, we talk about how this term is used and why some scientists defend it while others (including us!) aren't fans.

    In the news: horned gophers, dinosaur eggs, giant eggs, and croc tracks.

    News: 00:05:00 Main discussion: 00:37:30 Mid-discussion break: 01:16:00 Patron question: 01:54:00

    In light of current events, we invite you to explore these links to educate yourself, as we have been doing, about the subject of racial injustice: Smithsonian NMAAHC - Talking About Race https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race TimeScavengers - Black Lives Matter https://timescavengers.blog/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter/ Ally Anti-Racism Resources https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjUESaOh2H-846KKiHUWHDUIhi3PlaFts-rqy9EQ43g/edit# We’ve also made a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/

    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/

    New merch at the Common Descent Store! http://zazzle.com/common_descent Featuring art by Rob Soto! https://www.rob-soto.com/

    Follow and Support us on: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/commondescentpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommonDescentPC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commondescentpodcast Instagram: @commondescentpodcast PodBean: https://commondescentpodcast.podbean.com/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-common-descent-podcast/id1207586509?mt=2YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCePRXHEnZmTGum2r1l2mduw

    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.

  • Episode 170: Wildlife Rehabilitation w/author Suzie Gilbert
    25 June 2020

    This week we welcome author Suzie Gilbert on to talk about her life and experiences in wildlife rehabilitation. Ms. Gilbert also recently released her latest book 'Unflappable' and we discuss how it related to her life helping wildlife. We spend a fascinating hour discussing her life, experiences helping native wildlife and how it led to her life as an author.

    You can visit her website HERE

  • Episode 169: Awesome O-Possum
    23 June 2020

    Guess what?? There are over 103 species of Opossum! Then down to Australia and you will find over 70 species of Possum. This week we will focus exclusively on the North America's only marsupial, the Virginian Opossum. These are some incredibly fun animals to learn about. Please share this episode with your friends to educate them on an amazing creature.

    For one cup of "good" coffee a month you can support your favorite podcast and give back to conservation. We also offer bonus episodes and supporter only content. We also donate portions of what we raise to a conservation organization each month.  We recently gave money to Global Conservation Force. While you will be supporting free education to the masses, we also will not be offering a post show podcast to Patreon members.

    Please considering supporting us at Patreon HERE.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening. 

    Show notes HERE

  • All Creatures Kids Episode 13: Corn Snakes, Bet Fish, & Horses
    20 June 2020

    We are so lucky to have an entire family talk to us about their favorite animals. First, we are joined by 5-year old Wesley, who shares everything he knows about snakes. Then his 3-year old sister Eliza talks about her favorite Beta Fish. Finally, 6-year old Jamie tells us everything she knows about horses. We hope you enjoy this special episode and learning from our future conservation experts.

    Our website can be accessed HERE

     

  • Episode 168: Giraffe Conservation Foundation's Dr Julian Fennessy
    18 June 2020

    In celebration of World Giraffe Day, which is June 21st, we are excited to chat with Dr. Julian Fennessy. Dr. Fennessy is the Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. He chats about the silent extinction with giraffes and the many conservation projects GCF is involved with. We also discuss the latest news in Giraffe speciation, is it just four species now? It is a fascinating and can's miss interview.

    Giraffe Conservation Foundation website can be accessed HERE

    Show notes HERE

  • Episode 111: Diversity in Palaeontology
    18 June 2020

    In this episode, in conjunction with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), we investigate issues of diversity in palaeontology, through interviews with Jann Nassif (PhD student at Ohio University, USA) on being transgender in palaeontology; Professor Taissa Rodrigues (Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil) and Dr Femke Holwerda (Dr Betsy Nicholls Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Canada) about women in palaeontology; and Gabriel-Philip Santos (Collections Manager and Outreach Coordinator at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools) about racial diversity. We also spoke with Professor Jessica Theodor (University of Calgary), the Vice President of SVP about what they are doing to increase diversity and address these issues. This episode was recorded in 2019 at the SVP meeting in Brisbane, Australia, but for several reasons has taken us a little while to complete. Given the current discussions and anti-racism activism going on around the world, we thought this was a good time to reflect on some of the issues within our science and the ways in which they are being addressed.

  • Episode 167: A Survivor, the Ostrich
    16 June 2020

    We return to Africa this week to cover the iconic Ostrich. These are now the largest living birds in the world and some of the toughest. The Ostrich once roamed all the way to China and Mongolia, but now today is found in the wild on the African continent. An amazing bird with an amazing history.

    For one cup of "good" coffee a month you can support your favorite podcast and give back to conservation. We also offer bonus episodes and supporter only content. We also donate portions of what we raise to a conservation organization each month.  We recently gave money to Global Conservation Force. While you will be supporting free education to the masses, we also will not be offering a post show podcast to Patreon members.

    Please considering supporting us at Patreon HERE.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening. 

    Show notes HERE

  • Episode 89 - The Burgess Shale
    14 June 2020

    In the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia sits one of the most important, well-studied, and scientifically influential fossil sites in the world. The Burgess Shale not only provides us a glimpse into the tail end of the Cambrian Explosion, and not only yields tens of thousands of fossil specimens, but also includes some of the most exceptional fossil preservation of any fossil locality anywhere. This episode, we’ll dive into how it got that way, and what it has to tell us about some of Earth's earliest animal communities.

    In the news: baby sharks, hungry dinosaurs, a pregnant ichthyosaur, and one dino’s last meal.

    News: 00:06:30 Main discussion: 00:34:00 Mid-discussion break: 01:00:00 Patron question: 01:37:00

    In light of current events, we invite you to explore these links to educate yourself, as we have been doing, about the subject of racial injustice: Smithsonian NMAAHC - Talking About Race https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race TimeScavengers - Black Lives Matter https://timescavengers.blog/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter/ Ally Anti-Racism Resources https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MjUESaOh2H-846KKiHUWHDUIhi3PlaFts-rqy9EQ43g/edit# We’ve also made a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/

    Check out our blog for bonus info and pictures:http://commondescentpodcast.wordpress.com/

    New merch at the Common Descent Store! http://zazzle.com/common_descent Featuring art by Rob Soto! https://www.rob-soto.com/

    Follow and Support us on: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/commondescentpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommonDescentPC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commondescentpodcast Instagram: @commondescentpodcast PodBean: https://commondescentpodcast.podbean.com/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-common-descent-podcast/id1207586509?mt=2YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCePRXHEnZmTGum2r1l2mduw

    The Intro and Outro music is “On the Origin of Species” by Protodome. More music like this at http://ocremix.org.

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