The Common Descent Podcast

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!

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h42m. Bisher sind 227 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 15 days 12 hours 41 minutes

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episode 224: Episode 153 - Armadillos


Built-in body armor is common among reptiles and rare among mammals, but armadillos are the major exception. Equipped with a full set of segmented armor over their heads, backs, and tails, armadillos have been waddling around well-protected for tens ...


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episode 223: Episode 152 - The Jehol Biota


You might have noticed that over the last few decades, a lot of really exciting and famous fossil discoveries have been coming out of China. If you pay close attention, you might even catch that many of them are coming from the same place: the incred...


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episode 222: Episode 151 - Tails


Look at the various animals on Earth – or rather, look just behind them – and you’ll see a vast variety of tails! Tails and tail-like structures are often simple extensions of the body, and yet they’ve been adapted and modified into many shapes with many...


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 2022-10-30  2h0m
 
 

episode 221: Spook-E - Mimics


Welcome ... to Spookulative Evolution. October is here, and that means it’s time for Spook-E! Each episode throughout this month, we’re choosing a monster and discussing how it – or something like it – might evolve under the rules of evolution and natura...


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 2022-10-29  56m
 
 

episode 220: Spook-E - Beholders


Welcome ... to Spookulative Evolution. October is here, and that means it’s time for Spook-E! Each episode throughout this month, we’re choosing a monster and discussing how it – or something like it – might evolve under the rules of evolution and natura...


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 2022-10-22  55m
 
 

episode 218: Spook-E - Displacer Beasts


Welcome ... to Spookulative Evolution. October is here, and that means it’s time for Spook-E! Each episode throughout this month, we’re choosing a monster and discussing how it – or something like it – might evolve under the rules of evolution and natura...


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 2022-10-15  47m
 
 

episode 219: Episode 150 - Stegosaurs


Stegosaurus is one of the all-time most famous and recognizable dinosaurs, but it wasn’t alone! Its whole extended family, the stegosaurs, were medium- to large-sized herbivorous dinosaurs sporting an array of plates and spikes. This episode, we discuss ...


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 2022-10-15  1h56m
 
 

episode 217: Spook-E - Owlbears


Welcome ... to Spookulative Evolution. October is here, and that means it’s time for Spook-E! Each episode throughout this month, we’re choosing a monster and discussing how it – or something like it – might evolve under the rules of evolution and natura...


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 2022-10-08  39m
 
 

episode 216: Episode 149 - Ants


In our modern world, ants are so ubiquitous that it’s difficult to image our planet without them, so successful that they shape the environments around them despite their tiny size, and so diverse that we couldn’t possibly discuss even a small fraction o...


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 2022-10-02  2h2m
 
 

episode 215: Episode 148 - Gliding


Powered flight is hard, and evolution has only produced it a few times. Gliding, however, is much easier and much more common. In fact, there is an astonishing diversity of gliding organisms to be found in our modern world as well as in the fossil record...


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 2022-09-18  2h30m