We all do it. Well, all of us humans do it. When it comes to other organisms, it gets complicated. Actually, it’s complicated for humans, too. This episode, we discuss the whos, hows, and mysterious whys of Sleep.
One of the best fossil sites in the world is a former mining site in Germany. It preserves an exceptional record of an Eocene ecosystem, including thousands of exquisitely preserved fossil specimens. This episode, we discuss the history and discoveries of The Messel Pit.
Some animals are so familiar and famous that it’s easy to forget how utterly strange they are. This episode, we discuss the relatives, ancient history, and big questions surrounding the evolution of Giraffes.
There was a time when artwork depicting ancient animals was uncommon and even unexpected. The modern world of paleoart owes its existence in large part to an animal artist who became perhaps the most influential paleoartist of all time: Charles R. Knight.
Earth is full of glowing organisms. Some glow in the light of the sun, while others produce their own light in the darkest parts of the planet. This episode, we look at the incredible phenomena of Bioluminescence and Biofluorescence.
For many millions of years, cone-bearing plants and their relatives were among the most successful and important plants on Earth. In some places, they still are, such as the coniferous forests of the Northern Hemisphere. This episode, Aly joins us again to discuss the diversity and history of Gymnosperms.
Not all embryos develop inside eggs. In many animals, embryos develop fully inside the parent’s body. This habit has evolved numerous times and in numerous styles. This episode, we discuss the complex and fascinating evolution of Live Birth.
For the last few decades, a seemingly non-stop stream of famous fossils have been produced by excavations in China, and most of them are coming from the same region. This episode, we discuss the deep history, the incredible fossils, and the abundant research opportunities of the Jehol Biota.