Topic: Paleontology & Dinosaurs

April 25, 2017 Dinosaur Proteins - Ancient dinosaur proteins could reveal how the Mesozoic creatures dealt with high carbon dioxide levels.
March 13, 2017 Neanderthal Dental Plaque - Dental plaque from ancient Neanderthals reveals that they used herbal remedies.
January 2, 2017 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
February 23, 2016 Giant Armadillos - DNA evidence reveals that the enormous armored glyptodont, an extinct South American mammal, was a close cousin to modern armadillos.
January 11, 2016 Neanderthal Inheritance - Did modern humans inherit allergies from Neanderthals?
December 31, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Kennewick Man’s DNA - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Kennewick Man’s 8,500-year-old bones are finally sequenced, revealing his genetic ancestry.
December 29, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Homo Naledi - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: The discovery of an extinct human species in a South African cave made headlines this year.
December 8, 2015 Distinguishing Dinos - A listener asks how paleontologists know which species a dinosaur’s bones belong to.
November 16, 2015 Ancient Mass Extinction - What happened after an ice age wiped out nearly all of earth fish 359 million years ago?
October 6, 2015 Pterosaur Nests - Did pterosaurs really build giant nests?
September 2, 2015 Dinosaur Colors - Pigments preserved in fossils may reveal the color of dinosaurs.
August 19, 2015 Podcast for 19 August 2015 - ANCIENT ANATOMY (Encore Presentation) - What dental records from the Mesozoic era can tell us about the lives of dinosaurs. How humans are uniquely adapted to throw baseballs. Also: an automated nature recording system that's monitoring environmental change. And, could vaccinating children protect the elderly as well?
July 28, 2015 Four-Legged Snakes - A fossil of a four-legged snake links snakes with their lizard ancestors.
December 15, 2014 From Teeth to Beaks - The ancestors of birds had teeth, but started to lose them around 100 million years ago.
October 20, 2014 Ancient Kangaroos - The largest kangaroos once walked - instead of hopped - across ancient Australia.
June 4, 2014 Baby Birds & Dinosaurs - The way baby birds use their wings helps reveal how early winged dinosaurs used theirs.
May 19, 2014 Cave Girl - Scientists discover a nearly intact 12 thousand-year-old skeleton in a Yucatán cave.
May 13, 2014 Slinky Saber Cats - New research sheds light on physical adaptations that allowed saber-tooth cats to hunt prey.
April 30, 2014 DNA in Amber - Could scientists really get dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber?
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
September 27, 2013 Podcast for 27 September 2013 - INSECTS & SPIDERS - Could spider venom be the next insecticide? Why mosquitoes smell you better at night. And debunking the myth of extracting dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber. Also, insect legs that bear an uncanny resemblance to modern machinery.
September 25, 2013 DNA in Amber - Could scientists really get dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber?
September 17, 2013 Non-Terror Bird - Giant flightless birds with enormous beaks once roamed the earth. Did they feast upon flesh, or gobble up plants?
September 6, 2013 Podcast for 6 September 2013 - The Ugly Animal Preservation society uses humor to raise awareness about conservation. Why whales have to worry about sunburns. And an ancient terror bird that wasn't so terrible after all. Also: transplanting gut bacteria from obese humans makes mice fat.
August 6, 2013 Oxygen & Carnivores - Rising oxygen levels during the Cambrian period allowed for the rise of ocean carnivores and the subsequent explosion of animal diversity.
July 22, 2013 Dino Tooth Replacement - The world's largest dinosaurs had to replace their teeth constantly to keep up with all their eating.
July 19, 2013 Podcast for 19 July 2013 - ANCIENT ANATOMY - What dental records from the Mesozoic era can tell us about the lives of dinosaurs. How humans are uniquely adapted to throw baseballs. Also: an automated nature recording system that's monitoring environmental change. And, could vaccinating children protect the elderly as well?
June 10, 2013 Turtle Shell Evolution - A 260 million-year-old fossil could be the ancestor of turtles.
May 14, 2013 Ancient Lead Pollution - Humans were polluting the air with lead as far back as 3,900 years ago.
March 19, 2013 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
March 15, 2013 Podcast for 15 March 2013 - An ancient pigment with futuristic applications, the hidden electricity between flowers and bees, and a new, improved anti-fog coating. Also: the unlikely history of camels.
March 1, 2013 Podcast for 1 March 2013 - SWEET SCIENCE - What tomatoes can tell us about cutting back on sugar and a diabetes cure for dogs. Also, behind the mechanics of beatboxing, the evolution of whales, and writing your way to a better relationship.
February 27, 2013 Ancient Whales - A newly discovered but long-extinct whale species may have eaten sharks.
January 18, 2013 Sensitive Reptile Roundup - Some dinosaurs may have used feathers to show off, much like some modern birds.
May 11, 2012 Podcast for 11 May 2012 - BIRDS & DINOSAURS - Scientists discover T. Rex's feathered cousin, did dino gas warm the ancient earth? And giant fleas that may have pestered the prehistoric giants. Also: why the amorous pursuits of an Australian bird has turned it into a horticulturalist, and how ravens keep track of friend and foe.
Dinosaur Roundup - Dinosaurs may have contributed to ancient global warming.
May 7, 2012 T. Rex’s Feathered Cousin - Paleontologists discover a cousin of T. Rex in China – that had feathers.
March 23, 2012 Podcast for 23 March 2012 - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
December 9, 2011 DNA Fingerprint Roundup - New uses for DNA fingerprinting include tracking deadly tse-tse flies and identifying species from ancient soil samples.
November 30, 2011 Giant Beaver Sounds - The giant beaver went extinct about 10,000 years ago, but it left behind clues to the sounds it may have used to communicate with.
November 21, 2011 Fanged Furball - Paleontologists have discovered a tiny mammal from the age of the dinosaurs that sported tusks.
November 18, 2011 Podcast for 18 November 2011 - EVOLUTION - Did a giant beaver that once roamed North America communicate by whistling? A newly discovered mammalian fossil that sported fangs. And, did the advent of cooking drive human evolution? Also: new research suggests that Neanderthals' shorter legs were actually an advantage for navigating mountainous terrain.
Critters & Climate Roundup - Could the swimming of sea creatures be influencing climate change?
November 7, 2011 Neanderthal Legs - Scientists have figured out how Neanderthals got by with short legs.
September 9, 2011 Podcast for 9 September 2011 - MARVELS OF EVOLUTION - A prehistoric pregnancy clears up a Mesozoic mystery. The economics of plant-fungi cooperation. How to get six butterflies in one. Counting up the species on earth. And how your stress could be bad news for your mate if you're a finch.
August 29, 2011 Pregnant Pleisiosaur - A pregnant reptilian fossil clears up a long-standing paleontology mystery.
August 4, 2011 Dinosaur Bones - Holes in fossil bones suggest that dinosaurs were warm-blooded.
July 29, 2011 Podcast for 29 July 2011 - REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS - Fossil anatomy sheds light on whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded, why some lizards are smarter than you think, opossums and snakes locked in a deadly arms race, and why frogs don't lose their grip.
June 13, 2011 Brainy Noses - We may owe our large brains in part to the earliest mammals’ sense of smell.
June 10, 2011 Podcast for 10 June 2011 – Vision & The Brain - What reindeer can see that we can't. How some blind people are using echolocation to navigate the world. And, how the retinas of deaf people change their experience of the world. Also: better noses spelled bigger brains for ancient mammals, and: what the teeth of Neanderthals tell us about their hands.