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If you are into dinosaurs then this podcast is for you! I cover everything to do with dinosaurs and more. This is a kid-friendly podcast, so it's suitable for young growing minds. I'm your host, Noah and I'm a big dinosaur fan myself. I love everything Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic. Even more than that, I love all the Jurassic Park movies which I am excited to discuss with you.
 
Profane, insane, and 100% primo science, Petri Dish is a no-BS podcast that explores the wildest subjects in modern science with clarity and evil joy. Hosted by Sean Allen, a Nanoparticle/Immunology Researcher, and Nathan Allen, his "screenwriter" brother, Petri Dish fuses hard science with a freewheeling and madcap conversational style. Cannabinoids, Plague, Cats, the dreaded Candiru, and the even more dreaded Covid-19: all these and more are dissected with intellect and irreverence, droppi ...
 
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Hi Folks! Part three of our poison series is on arsenic, the king of poisons and the poison of kings! Arsenic had a long history of being used to kill nobles, but after a reliable test for arsenic was developed in the 1800s it got a lot less popular for killing people. But in true human fashion, we continued to use arsenic for all kinds of things! …
 
Hi everyone! Here is part 2 in our series on poisons. This time we discuss lead! Our new sponsor is Athletic Greens, a really solid and easy way to get your vitamins if you're like me and are too silly/busy to cook proper meals every day and need to get those nutrients somehow! Check them out and get a free 1 year supply of Vitamin D and 5 travel p…
 
Hey everyone! Nathan wanted to know how poisons work and we're starting with some metals! Metal poisons are pretty interesting because they aren't complex molecules or anything, they're like single atoms running around messing up your biological systems! But how do metals interact with biology in the first place? Let's get into it! References: http…
 
Barney shares some of his recent gaming news, including the new amazing actual play group, End of Plays, that he's started with Tarren, Quinn, Chris, Spencer (and hopefully Lexie). This flows into an update on Neo-Triassic Shoreline Regression Syndrome, enhanced by messages from Karl R (GMologist Presents...), Jason C (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast) and …
 
*Hey folks, some people are having a tough time hearing the episode on some platforms, this reupload is an attempt to see if we can fix that* At Nathan's insistence, this is the last Mesozoic episode for now! We talk about dinosaurs, across the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including heavy-hitters like T Rex! We also dispel some misunderstanding…
 
At Nathan's insistence, this is the last Mesozoic episode for now! We talk about dinosaurs, across the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including heavy-hitters like T Rex! We also dispel some misunderstandings about velociraptor and other fun dino facts! Our new sponsor is Athletic Greens, a really solid and easy way to get your vitamins if you're …
 
This is a bonus episode previously released to our patrons on Patreon. If you want to support us, and get more content please visit patreon.com/terriblelizards. Terrible Lizards is, at least in theory, there for dinosaur lovers of all ages and backgrounds, but podcasting is just one way to communicate with the public about dinosaurs and it’s probab…
 
Yessss we're finally doing it! Dinosaurs! But only Jurassic ones! Yeah, that's right, a bunch of dinosaurs were only around in the Cretaceous, like velociraptor and T. rex. But don't worry, I'm sure some of your favs were in the Jurassic, like good ol' stegosaurus! What is a dinosaur? Who was around in the Jurassic? Find out this week on Petri Dish…
 
Yay! The Age of the Dinosaurs! In this episode, we lay the groundwork for finally digging into dinosaurs in part 2 -- we discuss the changes to the climate and continents of the Jurassic and how that played into the development of the dinosaurs. References: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15325-6 https://cp.copernicus.org/preprints/cp-20…
 
The Questions episode! Untapped fossils, bad evolution, therapod bites, spaniel ears, courtship dances and MORE! Big thanks to everyone who sent in their questions. Martin, Glen, Mathew, Sam, Kim (https://kimralls.co.uk/), Gutza, Robbie, John, Marlon aaaand John. We will be back in the summer - please do support us on Patreon, where we will be addi…
 
In our last episode, we discussed The Great Dying, the transitional extinction event that ended the Permian and Paleozoic times and kickstarted the Triassic and Mesozoic! While the Mesozoic is often thought of as the Age of the Dinosaurs (and it *is* the time when they both evolved and went largely extinct), the first part of the Mesozoic was domin…
 
Pack your raincoat, because this week we're heading to the very rainy Jurassic. As the only geological period with bona fide movie star status, the Jurassic is full of prehistoric celebrities, from the first birds and mammals to - of course - the dinosaurs. But what should you wear? And where should you visit? Fortunately, Dr Evelyn Kustatscher of …
 
The Future of Dinosaurs No guest this week as Dave manages to ramble on for an entire hour on his own again (well, Ok, Iszi helps him ramble). To be fair, he’s got a new book out and since its 80 000 words of dinosaur ideas we thought we should cover it and it was never easily going to fit into 40 minutes. What’s this amazing [citation needed] new …
 
Alvarezsaurs From a micro dinosaur to the very smallest, this time out we’re looking at the little alvarezsaurs which include the smallest of the non-avian dinosaurs and with several species that were the tiniest yet found in the Mesozoic. Dr Steve Cross joins us to analyse a popular work of dinosaur fiction. Dr Steve Cross is a an incredible consu…
 
This week we have an episode on a topic recommended by a friend of the show! We begin with a story about a cute little goat born in the late 1930s in the Netherlands, and spiral into a wide ranging discussion about evolution, natural selection, phenotypic plasticity, and nature vs nurture! Tune in! References: https://medium.com/philosophy-of-scien…
 
Love warm, sandy beaches? Tropical azure seas? Metre-long sea scorpions? Then the Silurian is the backpacking destination for you! Join host David Mountain as he scuba dives through the Silurian period, the hidden gem of the Palaeozoic. Lasting from 444 to 419 million years again, this stretch of time sees the emergence of jawed fish, terrestrial a…
 
Evolution In one way it’s more than a bit late to only talk about evolution when we are 6 and a bit series into Terrible Lizards and this should arguably have been episode 1 in series 1 but here we are. Evolution is the foundation for modern biology and the understanding that species and lineages change over time and also how that happens allows us…
 
We’ve already mentioned Gigantoraptor this series so let’s get down to the other end of the etymological scale and look at Microraptor. This little dromaeosaur was one of the first fully feathered dinosaurs to be found and is famous for its ‘four wings’ with long flight feathers on the legs and the arms. There’s loads of good specimens of this anim…
 
Hi everyone and welcome to our second and final episode on penises! Why are bird penises so strange? Why does the spiny anteater have a four-headed penis? Why don't humans have a penis bone? All great questions that at least at mildly addressed in this episode of Petri Dish! References: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3677097 https://royalsocietypubli…
 
Wide open skies, grand horizons and the promise of adventure: the Neogene has it all. Join host David Mountain as he explores the varied environments of this time period and the plants and animals that made them up. You might even come face-to-face with your own ancestors in the plains of East Africa!* Providing valuable travel tips are two Neogene…
 
At various times in previous episodes we have talked about what various dinosaurs ate and bits of data about diet, but this time we’re going to take a more systematic look at how palaeontologists work out the diet of ancient animals. We go through the obvious ones like sharp teeth and finding bits of stuff inside them to microscopic traces of damag…
 
Back to dinosaurs so you can relax (though the pterosaurs will return next series). This time out, we are going with the oviraptorosaurs - and note the long name, it’s not just oviraptors we are covering. As is common, the one famous member of this group tends to hog the limelight and not everyone knows about the others even if these days Gigantora…
 
Hi Everyone! Hope you're having an excellent Valentine's Day! In honor of all the romance out there, we're releasing an episode about chlamydia, one of the most successful bacterial sexually transmitted diseases in the world! The bacteria involved is a pretty funky one and is responsible for a few different diseases, so strap in and learn some new …
 
Join host David Mountain as he ventures into the tropical world of the Palaeogene, 66-23 million years ago. If you’re looking for volatile climates, volcanic activity and some of the most remarkable mammals to have ever walked the Earth, then the Palaeogene could be the perfect getaway! Providing the travel advice are two Palaeogene experts: Dr Mon…
 
Series 6? That can’t be right. Surely this is 3 or 4 or something, 5 at the outside. Blimey. Anyway, we are back and we have new episodes though we are cheating already by starting with a pterosaur and talking about the greatly underappreciated Rhamphorhynchus. As the only vaguely well-known long-tailed pterosaur it is shown in the background of ev…
 
Hey! We're back from our 2 week hiatus with an episode on Omicron! At this point, the omicron wave seems to be largely done in the US (in terms of new cases, people are still dying though so please be careful!) Science doesn't happen right away though, so there is still a lot we're learning about omicron and future potential variants! References: h…
 
For this episode of The Backpacker’s Guide To Prehistory, host David Mountain is setting his time machine for the distant Ordovician period, 485-444 million years ago. Dive into oceans teeming with long-lost wildlife, from trilobites to orthocones to the nightmarish conodonts. Providing some much-needed travel tips are Dr Lucy McCobb, a palaeontolo…
 
Barney speaks with Frank Reding about his new system-agnostic RPG setting Capes and Cloaks and Cowls and a Park which is seeking crowdfunding NOW! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mottokrosh/capes-and-cloaks-and-cowls-and-a-park It's illustrated by Katie Wakelin: https://twitter.com/PanDimensions with maps by Diogo Nogueira: https://twitter.com…
 
Hi everyone! In part 1 of crustaceans we laid down a lot of groundwork on what crustaceans even *are*. But here in part 2 we wanted to spend some time talking about a hot topic in crustacean-world: "carcinization" aka "stuff keeps evolving into crabs"! But not *all* crustaceans are yearning for crabdom -- there is a specific group called anomurans …
 
For the first episode of The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory season two, host David Mountain travels back to the Carboniferous period, 359-299 million years ago. In this weird world of giant horsetails and monster arthropods, what creatures should you look out for? What clothes should you pack? And is it really such a good idea to light a campfire…
 
Hey everyone! On this episode of Petri Dish we ask the question everyone has been asking since time immemorial -- what the fuck is a shrimp? Like seriously, what is that shit? No, I mean, I ask because there are so many things called shrimp -- fairy shrimp, mantis shrimp, seed shrimp, and so on... And while they look kind of similar to one another,…
 
Our final episode on kelp! We've spent the last two episodes discussing natural kelp forests and some of the fun things we can use kelp to do like bioremediation. This episode, we talk about the nutritional value of kelp and some food uses, including in food for cows! Real ad for BetterHelp, check out their offer at betterhelp.com/listener Referenc…
 
The backpack is back! The 17th January 2022 sees the long-awaited/half-forgotten return of The Backpacker's Guide To Prehistory - the podcast that provides top travel tips for time travellers. Across six brand new episodes, host David Mountain will be asking experts in palaeobiology about the most important, interesting and exciting aspects of our …
 
We sometimes think sharks are the top predator in the sea, but 15 million years ago, a whale might have been one of the top hunters in the ocean. Brygmophyseter was an amazing predator with teeth like a Tyrannosaurus. In this podcast Dinosaur George will teach you about this amazing "Biting Whale".By Dinosaur George
 
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