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88 minutes | 17 days ago
Episode #32 The Hot Blooded Dinosaur Revolutionary with Bob Bakker
Dr. Bob Bakker is widely known as the "Dinosaur Heretic". Over his long career, he has revolutionized our understanding of dinosaur behavior and overturned many outdated concepts. Get an insight into the mind of this bold maverick and expansive thinker in our season two finale.
86 minutes | 24 days ago
Episode # 31 The Tantalizing Truth about Trilobites with Sam Gon III
Sam Ohu Gon III, trilobite expert and Senior Scientist & Cultural Advisor for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi. Sam looks to traditional Hawaiian cultural history as an example for a sustainable future.
79 minutes | a month ago
Episode #30 Diving into Hell's Aquarium with Laura Wilson
Imagine time traveling back to the Western Interior Seaway AKA "Hell's Aquarium." It's a fitting nickname for the shallow marine environment, full of fish with teeth so big they ate differently than modern fish.
82 minutes | a month ago
Episode #29 Fighting Anti-Science with Facts and Fossils with Don Prothero
Don Prothero has written 48 books and counting! And he has repeatedly gone to bat for science, using the facts of the fossil record to disprove creationist beliefs.
88 minutes | a month ago
Episode #28 Mammoths, Mummies and Wolves (Oh My!) with Grant Zazula
Grant Zazula is a Paleo Nerd! His interest in archaeology is what attracted him to the Pleistocene and now he studies in the mighty Yukon, managing thousands of fossils that are byproducts of the mining industry.
79 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #27 A Crash Course on the Great Alaskan Terrane-Wreck with Connie Soja
Connie Soja has extensively studied the paleontology of the Alexander terrane, a gigantic crustal fragment that underlies Ray's backyard of Southeast Alaska. In fact, she's reconstructed ancient environments around the globe!
85 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #26 Hunting for Sharks in a Dark National Park with JP Hodnett
JP Hodnett is a Paleo Nerd. But that's a given! He's a shark (and sauropod and cat) expert, so the Nerds get to go off the deep end, diving into incredible finds at Mammoth Cave and JP's day job at Dinosaur Park.
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #25 Slothful Titans of the Tar Pits with Emily Lindsey
Emily Lindsey is a paleoecologist who's been fascinated with giant ground sloths since the beginning of her career. She is now a curator and excavation director at the La Brea Tar Pits in LA!
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode #24: Hunting Dinosaurs with a Camera with Louie Psihoyos
Louie is a photographer and documentary filmmaker, so what's he doing on a podcast about paleontology? Well, you can thank Jurrasic Park for that.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #23 In the Valley of the Tiny Titanosaurs with Luis Chiappe
Luis Chiappe is as famous for his barbecues as he his for his knowledge of prehistoric birds. Luis' discoveries include an incredible Sauropod nesting site and is currently the Vice President of the Natural History Museum of LA.
82 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #22 How to See a Forest in a Handful of Dirt with Regan Dunn
Regan Dunn is a paleobotanist who's work has taken her all over the world and has landed her in the hottest paleontology site in Hollywood - the La Brea Tar Pits. Learn how she uses the microscopic remains of plants to reconstruct entire ecosystems!
70 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #21 Out of the Ooze, Evolved to Cruise with Neil Shubin
The Nerds get to talk Tiktaalik with esteemed evolutionary biologist and author Neil Shubin. Neil uses molecular biology and gene expression to fill in the gaps left in the fossil record.
75 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #20 How to Kill a Dinosaur with Holly Woodward
Paleontologist Holly Woodward reads the microscopic stories left behind in dinosaur bones to tell characteristics like their age, sex, and general health. She's even used histology to "kill" a dinosaur!
74 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #19 My Favorite Fossil is the Next One with Chuck Bonner
Ray joins his old friend Chuck Bonner in Kansas where Chuck's family has collected exquisite fossils now on display around the world.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #18 Eons of Epic Epochs with Fossil Librarian Kallie Moore
The Nerds sit down with Kallie Moore, cohost of the PBS youtube show Eons and fossil librarian at the University of Montana.
76 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode #17 I'll Have the Dinosaur, Please! with Jack Horner, the REAL Dr. Alan Grant
World famous paleontologist Jack Horner discusses bringing paleontology to the masses as the scientific advisor on the Jurassic Park franchise and how dyslexia may have helped him make discoveries.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Season Two Teaser
Get ready for a second season of Paleo Nerds: A Prehistoric Podcast with David Strassman and Ray Troll. Interviews with Paleontologists, Scientists and Artists who love dinosaurs just as much as they did when they were kids.
77 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode #16 Walking with Whales with Bobby Boessenecker
The Nerds have a whale of a time with Bobby Boessenecker. Modern whales actually evolved from walking mammals! But how exactly does a huuuuuuge blue whale go from walking on land to swimming in the ocean? Find out!
75 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode #15 Sleeping Through Extinction with Christian Sidor
Dr. Christian Sidor tells the Nerds all about the ancestry of mammals, including a little creature that hibernated through the Permian-Triassic extinction, allowing reptiles to branch off and evolve into mammals.
78 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode #14 The Flight of the Cephalopods with Danna Staaf
Did you know we're in the middle of a Cephalopod Renaissance? Esteemed author Danna Staaf is ready to introduce you to our Squid Overlords!
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