The Common Descent Podcast

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 Oct 31, 2018

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Join David and Will as they explore the paleontologists’ perspective on various topics in life and earth history. Each episode features a main discussion on a topic requested by the listeners, presented as a lighthearted and educational conversation about fossils, evolution, deep time, and more. Before the main discussion, each episode also includes a news segment, covering recent research related to paleontology and evolution. Each episode ends with the answer to a question submitted by subscribers on Patreon. New episodes with new topics every fortnight!

Episode Date
Episode 192 - Tongues
May 26, 2024
Episode 191 - Language
May 12, 2024
Spotlight 2024 - Dylan Wilmeth, Bedrock
May 01, 2024
Episode 190 - Cicadas
Apr 28, 2024
Silver Screen Science - Jaws
Apr 24, 2024
Silver Screen Science - Deep Blue Sea
Apr 17, 2024
Episode 189 - Dromaeosaurs
Apr 14, 2024
Silver Screen Science - Meg 2: The Trench
Apr 10, 2024
Spotlight 2024 - James, Amanda, and Curtis, Palaeo After Dark
Apr 03, 2024
Episode 188 - Cannibalism
Mar 31, 2024
Episode 187 - Migration
Mar 17, 2024
Spotlight 2024 - Adele Pentland, Pals in Palaeo
Mar 06, 2024
Episode 186 - Owls
Mar 03, 2024
Episode 185 - Cacti
Feb 18, 2024
Episode 184 - Richard Owen
Feb 04, 2024
Episode 183 - Feathers
Jan 21, 2024
Episode 182 - Camouflage
Jan 07, 2024
End of the Year Q&A 2023
Dec 31, 2023
Episode 181 - Dragonflies
Dec 24, 2023
Episode 180 - Filter Feeding
Dec 10, 2023
Patron Mini-Episode Compilation #4
Dec 04, 2023
Episode 179 - Thermoregulation
Nov 26, 2023
Episode 178 - Ears
Nov 12, 2023
Cute-E - Friendly Dragons
Nov 04, 2023
Episode 177 - Neanderthals
Oct 29, 2023
Spook-E - Turtle Dragons
Oct 28, 2023
Spook-E - Wyverns
Oct 21, 2023
Episode 176 - Hadrosaurs
Oct 15, 2023
Spook-E - East Asian Dragons
Oct 14, 2023
Spook-E - European Dragons
Oct 07, 2023
Episode 175 - Plant Defenses
Oct 01, 2023
Episode 174 - The Mesozoic Marine Revolution
Sep 17, 2023
Episode 173 - Herbivores (Plant-Eaters)
Sep 03, 2023
Silver Screen Science - 65 (2023)
Aug 27, 2023
Episode 172 - Toothed Whales
Aug 20, 2023
Episode 171 - The Tethys Sea
Aug 06, 2023
Episode 170 - Milk
Jul 23, 2023
Snake Stuff with David
Jul 16, 2023
Episode 169 - Sea Snakes
Jul 09, 2023
Episode 168 – Marine Crocs
Jun 25, 2023
Croc Chat with Will
Jun 17, 2023
Episode 167 – Geologic Dating
Jun 11, 2023
Episode 166 - Monotremes
May 28, 2023
Episode 165 - Fruit
May 14, 2023
Episode 164 - The ”Boring Billion”
Apr 30, 2023
Patron Mini-Episode Compilation #3
Apr 25, 2023
Episode 163 - Claws
Apr 16, 2023
Episode 162 – Caecilians
Apr 02, 2023
Episode 161 - Sleep
Mar 18, 2023
Episode 160 - The Messel Pit
Mar 05, 2023
Episode 159 - Giraffes
Feb 19, 2023
Episode 158 – Charles R. Knight
Feb 05, 2023
Episode 157 - Bioluminescence and Biofluorescence
Jan 22, 2023
Episode 156 - Eurypterids (Sea Scorpions)
Jan 08, 2023
End of the Year Q&A 2022
Dec 31, 2022
Episode 155 - Gymnosperms
Dec 25, 2022
Episode 154 - Live Birth
Dec 11, 2022
Episode 153 - Armadillos
Nov 27, 2022
Episode 152 - The Jehol Biota
Nov 13, 2022
Episode 151 - Tails
Oct 30, 2022
Spook-E - Mimics
Oct 29, 2022
Spook-E - Beholders
Oct 22, 2022
Episode 150 - Stegosaurs
Oct 16, 2022
Spook-E - Displacer Beasts
Oct 15, 2022
Spook-E - Owlbears
Oct 08, 2022
Episode 149 - Ants
Oct 02, 2022
Episode 148 - Gliding
Sep 18, 2022
Episode 147 - Genetics
Sep 04, 2022
Episode 146 - The Jurassic-Cretaceous Transition
Aug 21, 2022
Episode 145 - Photosynthesis
Aug 07, 2022
Episode 144 - Evolutionary Gigantism and Dwarfism
Jul 24, 2022
Saving Snakes with Hiral Naik
Jul 16, 2022
Episode 143 - Monitor Lizards
Jul 10, 2022
Episode 142 - Phytosaurs
Jun 26, 2022
Silver Screen Science - Jurassic World: Dominion
Jun 20, 2022
Conserving Crocs with Dr. Marisa Tellez
Jun 17, 2022
Episode 141 - Supercontinents
Jun 12, 2022
Silver Screen Science – Prehistoric Planet
Jun 05, 2022
Episode 140 - Horns and Antlers
May 29, 2022
Episode 139 - Vultures
May 15, 2022
Episode 138 - The Moon
May 01, 2022
Episode 137 - Fossilization
Apr 17, 2022
Episode 136 - Seahorses
Apr 03, 2022
Patron Mini-Episode Compilation #2
Mar 28, 2022
Episode 135 - Seeds
Mar 20, 2022
The Art of Common Descent with Rob Soto
Mar 14, 2022
Episode 134 – Sanguivores (Blood-Eaters)
Mar 06, 2022
Episode 133 - Symbiosis
Feb 20, 2022
Episode 132 - Mary and Louis Leakey
Feb 06, 2022
Episode 131 - Volcanoes
Jan 23, 2022
Episode 130 - Sense of Smell
Jan 09, 2022
End of the Year Q&A 2021
Dec 31, 2021
Episode 129 - Rhinos
Dec 26, 2021
Episode 128 - The Deep Sea
Dec 12, 2021
Silver Screen Science – Prologue, Jurassic World: Dominion
Dec 04, 2021
Episode 127 - The Hell Creek Formation
Nov 28, 2021
Episode 126 - Mimicry
Nov 14, 2021
Episode 125 - Orchids
Oct 31, 2021
Spook-E - Triffids
Oct 30, 2021
Spook-E - Mandrakes
Oct 23, 2021
Episode 124 - Snowball Earth
Oct 17, 2021
Spook-E - Animated Trees
Oct 16, 2021
Spook-E - People-Eating Plants
Oct 09, 2021
Episode 123 - Spiders
Oct 03, 2021
Episode 122 - Plate Tectonics
Sep 19, 2021
Episode 121 - Brains
Sep 05, 2021
Episode 120 – Tyrannosaurs
Aug 22, 2021
Episode 119 - India
Aug 08, 2021
Episode 118 - Trace Fossils
Jul 25, 2021
Episode 117 - Crabs and Carcinization
Jul 11, 2021
Episode 116 - Ichthyosaurs
Jun 27, 2021
Silver Screen Science - Anaconda (1997)
Jun 24, 2021
Silver Screen Science - Lake Placid (1999)
Jun 17, 2021
Episode 115 - Biomes
Jun 13, 2021
Episode 114 - Polar Life
May 30, 2021
Episode 113 - Paleoclimate
May 16, 2021
Episode 112 - Caves
May 02, 2021
Episode 111 - Eusociality
Apr 18, 2021
Silver Screen Science – Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Apr 12, 2021
Episode 110 - Mazon Creek Fossil Beds
Apr 04, 2021
Episode 109 - Hyenas
Mar 21, 2021
Episode 108 - Penguins
Mar 07, 2021
Episode 107 – Tusks
Feb 21, 2021
Episode 106 - Franz Nopcsa
Feb 07, 2021
Episode 105 - Carnivorous Plants
Jan 24, 2021
Episode 104 - Pinnipeds
Jan 10, 2021
End of the Year Q&A 2020
Dec 31, 2020
Episode 103 – The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Dec 27, 2020
Episode 102 - Parasites
Dec 13, 2020
Episode 101 - Sauropods
Nov 29, 2020
100 Episodes: A Look Back
Nov 22, 2020
Episode 100 - the Origin of Life
Nov 15, 2020
Episode 99 - Evolution of Insects
Nov 01, 2020
Spook-E - the Sirens
Oct 31, 2020
Spook-E - the Leviathan
Oct 24, 2020
Episode 98 - Species and Speciation
Oct 18, 2020
Spook-E - Sea Serpents
Oct 17, 2020
Spook-E - the Kraken
Oct 10, 2020
Episode 97 - Venom and Poison
Oct 04, 2020
Episode 96 - Marsupials
Sep 20, 2020
Episode 95 – The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse
Sep 06, 2020
Episode 94 - Dogs
Aug 23, 2020
Episode 93 - Cats
Aug 09, 2020
Episode 92 - Eggs
Jul 26, 2020
Episode 91 - Frogs
Jul 12, 2020
Episode 90 - "Living Fossils"
Jun 27, 2020
Episode 89 - The Burgess Shale
Jun 14, 2020
Live Chat - Conservation Paleontology
Jun 05, 2020
Live Chat - Paleopathology
Jun 03, 2020
Episode 88 - Evolution of Teeth
May 31, 2020
Live Chat - Turtles
May 20, 2020
Episode 87 - Ceratopsians, the Horned Dinosaurs
May 17, 2020
Live Chat - Ancient DNA
May 12, 2020
Episode 86 - New Zealand
May 03, 2020
Episode 85 – The Ordovician Mass Extinction
Apr 19, 2020
Silver Screen Science - Animals of the James Bond Franchise
Apr 16, 2020
Silver Screen Science - Godzilla (1998)
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 84 - Paleopathology
Apr 05, 2020
Silver Screen Science - Evolution (2001)
Apr 01, 2020
Patron Mini-Episode Compilation
Mar 29, 2020
Silver Screen Science - Tremors
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 83 - Coelacanths
Mar 22, 2020
Episode 82 - Trilobites
Mar 08, 2020
Episode 81 - Metamorphosis
Feb 23, 2020
Episode 80 - Mary Anning
Feb 09, 2020
Episode 79 - Pterosaurs
Jan 26, 2020
DragonCon 2019 Paleontology Hour Panel
Jan 19, 2020
Episode 78 - Exaptation
Jan 12, 2020
End of the Year Q&A 2019
Jan 01, 2020
Episode 77 - Fins to Feet: The Fish-Tetrapod Transition
Dec 29, 2019
Episode 76 - Horse Evolution
Dec 15, 2019
...But We Digress - Pokemon Paleontology
Dec 08, 2019
Episode 75 - The Great Oxidation Event
Dec 01, 2019
Episode 74 - South America
Nov 17, 2019
Episode 73 - Trees
Nov 03, 2019
Spook-E - Chimeras
Oct 26, 2019
Episode 72 - Plesiosaurs
Oct 20, 2019
Spook-E - Hydras
Oct 19, 2019
Spook-E - Gorgons
Oct 12, 2019
Episode 71 - The Western Interior Seaway
Oct 06, 2019
Spook-E - Harpies
Oct 05, 2019
Episode 70 - Convergent Evolution
Sep 22, 2019
Episode 69 - Ankylosaurs
Sep 08, 2019
Episode 68 - Evolution of Eyes
Aug 25, 2019
Voices of La Brea - Bonus Episode
Aug 11, 2019
Episode 67 - The La Brea Tar Pits
Aug 11, 2019
Episode 66 - Elephants
Jul 28, 2019
Episode 65 - The Late Devonian Extinction(s)
Jul 14, 2019
Episode 64 - Paleoart
Jun 30, 2019
Silver Screen Science – Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Jun 29, 2019
Silver Screen Science – King Kong (2005) and Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Jun 22, 2019
Episode 63 - Sexual Selection
Jun 16, 2019
Silver Screen Science – Kaiju Concepts
Jun 15, 2019
Silver Screen Science - Gojira (1954)
Jun 08, 2019
Episode 62 – Amber
Jun 02, 2019
Silver Screen Science - King Kong (1933)
Jun 01, 2019
Episode 61 - Behavior in the Fossil Record
May 19, 2019
Episode 60 - Turtles
May 05, 2019
Episode 59 - Bats
Apr 21, 2019
Episode 58 - The Bone Wars
Apr 07, 2019
Episode 57 - Evolution of Flowering Plants (Angiosperms)
Mar 24, 2019
Sloth Chat Livestream 2018
Mar 20, 2019
Episode 56 – The Evolution of Evolutionary Theory
Mar 10, 2019
Episode 55 - The "Sixth Extinction" (Modern Biodiversity Crisis)
Feb 24, 2019
Episode 54 - Alfred Russell Wallace
Feb 10, 2019
Episode 53 - The Baculum (Penis Bone)
Jan 27, 2019
Episode 52 – Sounds of the Past (Fossil Bioacoustics)
Jan 13, 2019
End of the Year Q&A 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Episode 51 - Mosasaurs
Dec 30, 2018
Episode 50 - Australia
Dec 16, 2018
Episode 49 - Fake Fossils
Dec 02, 2018
Episode 48 - Sharks
Nov 18, 2018
Episode 47 - Early Synapsids ("Proto-Mammals")
Nov 04, 2018
Spook-E - Zombies
Oct 27, 2018
Episode 46 - Cryptozoology
Oct 21, 2018
Spook-E - Fish-People
Oct 20, 2018
Spook-E - Werewolves
Oct 13, 2018
Episode 45 – The Permian Extinction (“The Great Dying”)
Oct 07, 2018
Spook-E - Vampires
Oct 06, 2018
SciFest in St. Louis
Sep 30, 2018
Spotlight - Ranjeev Epa (5/5)
Sep 29, 2018
Silver Screen Science - The Meg
Sep 28, 2018
Episode 44 - Hybridization
Sep 23, 2018
Spotlight - Chris Mah (4/5)
Sep 22, 2018
Spotlight - Alycia Stigall (3/5)
Sep 15, 2018
Episode 43 - The Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI)
Sep 09, 2018
Spotlight - Adriane Lam (2/5)
Sep 08, 2018
Spotlight - Dave Marshall (1/5)
Sep 01, 2018
Episode 42 - Spinosaurs
Aug 26, 2018
Episode 41 - Evolution of Whales
Aug 12, 2018
Episode 40 - Madagascar
Jul 29, 2018
...But We Digress - Mermaids
Jul 22, 2018
Episode 39 - Speculative Evolution
Jul 15, 2018
Episode 38 - Grass
Jul 01, 2018
Silver Screen Science - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (5/5)
Jun 30, 2018
Episode 37.5 - More Birds
Jun 24, 2018
Silver Screen Science - Jurassic World (4/5)
Jun 23, 2018
Episode 37 - Evolution of Birds
Jun 17, 2018
Silver Screen Science - Jurassic Park III (3/5)
Jun 16, 2018
Silver Screen Science - The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2/5)
Jun 09, 2018
Episode 36 - Reefs
Jun 03, 2018
Silver Screen Science - Jurassic Park (1/5)
Jun 02, 2018
Episode 35 - De-extinction
May 20, 2018
Episode 34 - Ancient DNA
May 06, 2018
Crocs vs Snakes - The Poll Returns
May 01, 2018
Survey Response and Q&A
Apr 30, 2018
Episode 33 - Ontogeny
Apr 22, 2018
Episode 32 - Naracoorte Caves, Australia
Apr 08, 2018
Episode 31 - The Ediacaran Biota
Mar 25, 2018
Episode 30 - Prehistoric Poop
Mar 11, 2018
Episode 29 - Placoderms, The Armored Fish
Feb 25, 2018
Episode 28 - Charles Darwin
Feb 11, 2018
Episode 27 - Domestication
Jan 28, 2018
Episode 26 - Astrobiology
Jan 14, 2018
Episode 25 - The Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinction
Dec 31, 2017
Episode 24 - Sloths
Dec 17, 2017
Episode 23 - Jurassic Park
Dec 03, 2017
Episode 22 - Micropaleontology
Nov 19, 2017
Episode 21 - Dinosaurs, An Introduction
Nov 05, 2017
Episode 20 - The Scientific Method
Oct 22, 2017
Diversity in Paleontology - Special Episode
Oct 08, 2017
Episode 19 - Women in Paleontology
Oct 08, 2017
Episode 18B - Human Evolution Part 2
Sep 24, 2017
Episode 18A - Human Evolution Part 1
Sep 24, 2017
Episode 17 - The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
Sep 10, 2017
Episode 16 - Cephalopods
Aug 27, 2017
Episode 15 - The End-Triassic Extinction
Aug 13, 2017
Episode 14 - The Gray Fossil Site
Jul 30, 2017
...But We Digress - The History of Earth
Jul 19, 2017
Episode 13 - The Fossil Preparation Lab
Jul 16, 2017
Episode 12 - The Geologic Time Scale
Jul 02, 2017
Episode 11 - Antarctica
Jun 18, 2017
...But We Digress - Tyrannosaur Skin (and Feathers?)
Jun 10, 2017
Episode 10 - The Tree of Life
Jun 04, 2017
Episode 9 - The Cambrian Explosion
May 21, 2017
Episode 8 - Conservation Paleontology
May 07, 2017
Episode 7 - Primates
Apr 23, 2017
Episode 6 – Evolution of Flight
Apr 09, 2017
...But We Digress - Ornithoscelida
Mar 29, 2017
Episode 5 - The K-Pg Extinction (the "Dinosaur Extinction")
Mar 26, 2017
Episode 4 - Island Evolution
Mar 12, 2017
Episode 3 - Snakes
Feb 26, 2017
Episode 2 - Crocodilians
Feb 12, 2017
Episode 1 - Paleontology
Feb 10, 2017