Palaeo After Dark (general)

In this episode of Palaeo After Dark, the group talks about an interesting and enigmatic fossil species from the Burgess Shale called Siphusauctum gregarium, which looks somewhat like a crinoid but is possibly completely unrelated. The group also gets sidetracked into conversations about  echinoderms, the importance of the Burgess Shale, and shipping grandfather clocks on the Oregon Trail.

Direct download: Podcast_16_-_TUBE_FEET.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

In this episode we discuss a paper about cats, specifically trying to use the shape of bones to estimate the preferred habitat of modern and fossil cats. Meanwhile, Amanda and James discuss Game of Thrones, and Curt is left alone as the entire podcast becomes derailed by an  insect sighting....

 

Things get weird.

Direct download: Podcast_15_-_Game_of_Cats.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

This episode of Palaeo After Dark is the RAWEST, as we discuss the  controversial primate Darwinius. Also James communicates telepathically, Amanda is constantly bombarded by texts, and Curt gets the "facts".

Direct download: Podcast_14_-_The_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

This week we desperately try to remain on topic as we talk about fossil beds with exceptional preservation....

 

We fail...

 

Instead, James discusses anger, Amanda wants Robocop because she's OG, Curt confuses gaseous with geishas, and the whole goup details the perfect plot to a hypothetical Predator 3.

Direct download: Podcast_13_-_Columbo_meets_Gary_Busey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39am EST

In this episode, we discuss two studies that try to piece apart the effects that the ecological niche breadth (i.e. the range of habitats an animal can survive in) of an animal has on its potential to diversify and/or survive over long periods of time. Also, Hell freezes over as James manages to come up with a perfect reference to the band "The Descendents".

Direct download: Podcast_12_-_All_its_Decendents.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

In this week's episode, we discuss evidence of some early single-cellular life, and James gives the group a passionate lesson in mathematics...

 

A veeeerrrrryyyy passionate lesson.

 

Meanwhile, Randol returns and Amanda joins us from lovely scenic Michigan via the miracles of the internet.

Direct download: Podcast_11_-_Early_Life_is_a_Battlefield.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

In this episode, while Randol is away Amanda gives the group a lesson in American History, Curt ruins illusions, and James fills the void with his best Randol impressions. Also, after about 18 minutes of random banter they finally get to talking about the bizarre case of  the tyrannosaurid Raptorex, as well as the importance of ontogeny and proper dating. That is... until Amanda falls asleep from jet-lag and exhaustion.

Direct download: Podcast_10_-_Adventures_in_Dating.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

This week we talk about a controversial worm-like Cambrian fossil called Diania cactiformis that some think may be the ancestor of all arthropods, and other people think those people are crazy.

 

Also SNAAAAAAAAAAAKE!

Direct download: Podcast_9_-_Diania_solid.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

On this week's episode, we discuss the science of ichnology (the study of trace fossils), and for some reason we can't stop making stupid pop culture references.

Direct download: Podcast_8_-_References.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

In this episode Amanda writes Freddy Mercury slash fiction, Randol condones eating babies, James feeds the 5000, Curt has a conversation which only involves "meh"'s, and the group kind-of/sort-of discusses ichthyosaurs.

Direct download: Podcast_7_-_Fish_Lizards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST