Topic: Paleontology & Dinosaurs

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.
May 18, 2011 Oldest Toothache - A fossilized reptile jaw from 275 million years ago has the oldest known case of dental disease.
April 29, 2011 Podcast for 29 April 2011 – Whale Songs & Zebra Stripes - Cultural revolutions in humpback whale songs, a barcode scanner for zebra stripes, a prehistoric toothache, and changing skull sizes in the Iberian Peninsula.
January 31, 2011 Sexing Pterodactyls - The discovery of a female pterodactyl with an egg in China is making paleontologists take a second look at old fossil collections.
July 12, 2010 Flimsy Feathers - Could birdlike dinosaurs really fly?
July 9, 2010 Podcast - Deciphering orangutan gestures, ancient bite marks, our innate sense of direction, and why Archaeopteryx might not have been able to fly.
July 6, 2010 Oldest Bite Marks - Paleontologists have found the oldest known mammalian tooth marks on dinosaur bones.
March 5, 2010 Early Life Roundup - A giant ancient snake feasted upon crocodiles.
January 4, 2010 Venomous Dinosaurs - A venomous feathered dinosaur may have eaten its prey alive.
November 30, 2009 Ancient Pollination - Millions of years before flowers evolved, insects were pollinating non-flowering plants.
November 20, 2009 Podcast - Ancient insect pollinators, your body's unique microbes, a marine creature that could fix broken bones. Also: does chewing gum really take years to digest?
November 6, 2009 Reptile Roundup - Huge snakes are invading southern Florida and wreaking havoc on the native wildlife there.
October 12, 2009 Ardipithicus Fossil - Scientists unveil details about Ardipithicus, a possible human ancestor.
August 6, 2009 Diamonds & Extinction - What really killed North America's large mammals at the end of the last ice age?
July 6, 2009 Re-Sizing Dinosaurs - Dinosaurs may have been smaller than previous estimates.
July 3, 2009 Podcast - Dinosaurs get re-sized, why we favor a biased media, people who never forget a face and more.
May 15, 2009 Comet Roundup - Comets may have provided the young Earth the molecules necessary for the formation of life.
May 8, 2009 Podcast - COSMIC LIFE: Life on the ancient earth and beyond. The comet theory of the origins of life, how oxygen became abundant enough to support an explosion of life, a new method for locating life on other planets, and refuting the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction.
March 9, 2009 Giant Snake - A super-sized snake in prehistoric Colombia tells scientists about the future of global warming.
February 27, 2009 Podcast - EVOLUTION & MORALITY SPECIAL: Hunting large game led to the evolution of the conscience, and evidence of moral systems in other animals. Also: Giant snake fossil points to warmer times, and grandparents helped civilization evolve.
February 20, 2009 Prehistoric Roundup - A newly discovered fossil reveals a warmer climate in the past.
October 14, 2008 Small Dino - Scientists discover North America's smallest dinosaur to date.
August 15, 2008 Fish Roundup - The beautiful but invasive lionfish is wreaking havoc on its adopted ecosystems.
August 13, 2008 Canada Explosion - Diamonds and precious metals in the American Midwest point to a cataclysmic explosion in Canada long ago.
June 9, 2008 Amphibian Missing Link - The discovery of an ancient fossil dubbed the "Frogomander" is clearing up a mystery about the origins of modern amphibians.
May 16, 2008 Podcast - EVOLUTION & EPIGENETICS: Lizards evolve new structures in record time, geographic gene expression in Moroccan Berbers, Tyrannosaurus rex protein confirms genetic link between dinosaurs and birds. Also: Assessing the health of the oceans.
May 15, 2008 Tyrannosaurus Rex & Birds - Protein sequencing confirms the evolutionary relationships between dinosaurs and birds.
April 18, 2008 Podcast - GENETICS & EVOLUTION: Exclusively human genes, transitional fossils, and the history of lefthandedness.
April 17, 2008 Transitional Fossils - A listener asks: Have many transitional fossils showing evolutionary links between major groups of animals been found in the fossil record?
March 20, 2008 Encyclopedia of Life - A new, comprehensive repository of scientific information for all life on earth comes to the web.
December 28, 2007 Podcast - Evolution Special: The history of dogs, butterflies vs. cabbages and the world's largest scorpion. Plus: Could there be life two miles beneath Antarctica?
December 25, 2007 Giant Scorpion - Paleontologists have found the largest single arthropod known to science.
November 16, 2007 Podcast - A snail hides in plain sight. A high-speed continental collision. And what fossils tell us about future extinctions.
November 15, 2007 Hot Extinctions - Warmer temperatures have consistently preceded more extinctions throughout Earth's history.
November 12, 2007 Himalayan Collision - A high-speed continental cataclysm formed the Himalayas 50 million years ago.
October 24, 2007 Woolly DNA - Woolly mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago. But now their genetic past is being resurrected through new DNA techniques.
October 12, 2007 Podcast - Whale-inspired windmills. Tracing the origins of a killer asteroid. Using vowels to sell. And more.