Palaeo After Dark

A group of fresh faced scientists have biweekly informal discussions about evolutionary biology and palaeontology... over beer.



      Podcast 134 - Training Fish in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber

      The gang discusses two papers that look how the environmental stresses caused from warming temperatures can affect fish. Specifically, we look at a paleontological study focusing on the Permian and Late-Triassic extinctions (often considered to...



      Podcast 133 - Long-Standing Pathologies

      The gang discusses the various ways that injuries and diseases can be preserved in the fossil record, as well as the information these pathologies can give us on ancient biodiversity and behavior. Also, Amanda is coerced into accepting a delivery,...



      Podcast 132 - We've Been Doing This For Five Years

      The gang spends their 5th anniversary podcast discussing the evolution and distribution of early tetrapods. So basically, we messed up. But at least you can enjoy some insightful discussions about how to improve Sabrina the Teenage...


       2018-03-18  1h26m

      Podcast 131 - Would Sauropod Ribs Be Tasty?

      The gang discusses two papers that look at the complex evolutionary history of sauropod dinosaurs. In particular, these papers try to determine how sauropods geography might have affected their evolutionary history. Also, James learns some valuable...


       2018-03-04  1h8m

      Podcast 130 - Trace Fossil Diversity is Over 9000

      The gang discusses two papers that use ichnology (the study of traces left by animals) as evidence for biological diversity in regions where body fossils are not preserved. Also, Amanda and James have a vigorous debate about nouns while Curt retreats...


       2018-02-18  1h23m

      Podcast 129 - Curt Made Us Talk About Exaptation

      The gang discuss a recent paper which suggests that pollinating butterflies and moths may have evolved well before the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms). Curt seizes this opportunity to force them all to read about exaptation. Meanwhile,...


       2018-02-04  1h13m

      Podcast 128 - Conservation Paleoecology

      The gang talks about conservation paleoecology; the study of the fossil record to inform modern conservation efforts. Specifically, they look at two papers, one which is an overview of the current issues in the field, and the other which focuses...


       2018-01-21  1h37m

      Podcast 127 - Let's Just Talk About Birds

      The gang celebrates the new year by just talking about birds. Specifically, they look at two papers that use the evolutionary history of birds to explore if geographic changes or ecological adaptation controlled the macroevolutionary history of birds....


       2018-01-07  1h44m

      Podcast 126 - The People of Minneapolis VS The Alchemist

      The gang celebrates the end of the year by taking another break to play Fiasco, a crime/noir storytelling game by Bully Pit Games. A lone figure stands on the rooftops, staring down at the quiet night streets of Minneapolis below. For a moment, the...


       2017-12-24  3h44m

      Podcast 125 - Feeling Isolated; Biogeography and Evolution

      The gang discusses two papers that investigate the impact that the geographic occupation of a species has on its evolution, both in the distant past and in modern systems. Also, James pops some pills, Amanda takes a deep dive into Deviant Art, and...


       2017-12-10  1h23m