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Fossils & Fiction

Fossils & Fiction

By Triassic Travis
Conversations about dinosaurs featuring authors, researchers, curators, and creators.
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Research Journal: A Hidden Vulture and Sauropod Teeth
In this edition of the Fossils and Fiction Research Journal, we hear from Dr Ellen Mather who was lead author on a paper reclassifying a long-known eagle fossil as instead belonging to Australia's first known vulture, and Dr Stephen Poropat who describes the discovery of sauropod teeth from Queensland.  Access the articles here:  Poropat SF, Frauenfelder TG, Mannion PD, Rigby SL, Pentland AH, Sloan T, Elliott DA. 2022. Sauropod dinosaur teeth fromthe lower Upper Cretaceous Winton Formation ofQueensland, Australia and the global record ofearly titanosauriforms. R. Soc. Open Sci.9:220381. Mather EK, Lee MSY, Worthy TH. 2022. A new look at an old Australian raptor places “Taphaetus” lacertosus de Vis 1905 in the Old World vultures (Accipitridae: Aegypiinae). Zootaxa.
July 22, 2022
The Research Journal: Pterosaurs and Kangaroos
This episode of Fossils and Fiction features two Australian PhD candidates talking about papers they've recently published. Isaac Kerr from Flinders University discusses his paper reporting the discovery of a new ancient kangaroo in Papua New Guinea while Adele Pentland from Swinburne discusses her recent work on the pterosaur Ferrodraco lentoni.  Follow Isaac on Twitter @IsaacARKerr and Adele @AdelePentland.  Papers mentioned:  Kerr, I. A. R. and Prideaux, G. J. (2022) ‘A new genus of kangaroo (Marsupialia, Macropodidae) from the late Pleistocene of Papua New Guinea’, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. Taylor & Francis, 00, pp. 1–24. doi: 10.1080/03721426.2022.2086518. Kerr, I. A. R. (2022) 'This giant kangaroo once roamed New Guinea - descended from an Australian ancestor that migrated millions of years ago'. The Conversation.  Pentland, A. H. et al. (2019) ‘Ferrodraco lentoni gen. et sp. nov., a new ornithocheirid pterosaur from the Winton Formation (Cenomanian–lower Turonian) of Queensland, Australia’, Scientific Reports. Springer US, 9(1), pp. 1–13. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49789-4. Pentland, A. H. et al. (2022) ‘The osteology of Ferrodraco lentoni, an anhanguerid pterosaur from the mid-Cretaceous of Australia’, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 41(5). doi: 10.1080/02724634.2021.2038182.
July 06, 2022
Em Blamey talks Sea Monsters
Mosasaurs, ichythyosaurs, and plesiosaurs galore! Em Blamey is the Creative Producer at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Museum currently has an exhibition entitled 'Sea Monsters'. Em describes the specimens included and the stories told about these magnificent oceanic creatures.   'Sea Monsters' is open on the following schedule:   Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 25 June 2022 to 14 August 2022;  Newcastle Regional Museum, September 2022 to February 2023;  Western Australian Maritime Museum, April to July 2023;  Museum of North Queensland, Townsville, September 2023 to February 2024.  More information and tickets 
June 28, 2022
Tom Jurassic talks Jurassic World Dominion
Tom Jurassic spills his thoughts on Dominion and being a fan creator in the Jurassic community. We dive deep into the biggest topics from the film, including [REDACTED] and [REDACTED]. This episode contains detailed spoilers from Dominion.  Follow Tom on Twitter @Tom_Jurassic, and check out the Jurassic Park Podcast, Collect Jurassic, and Jurassic Collectables. 
June 13, 2022
The Legacy of Jurassic Park with Dr Ross Garner
This episode features a chat about Sue the T. rex, Jurassic Park, Dr Who, dinosaur fandom, media tourism and more with Dr Ross Garner, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Follow Dr Garner on Twitter @DrRPG_TV. Referenced material: Washington Post article on reviving the thylacine; Article in The Conversation about Claire Dearing; Article about Sarah Harding. 'Doctor Who and the Dinosaurs' in Doctor Who and Science, 2021
June 09, 2022
Tullett, Modelbuilder for The Brickman
Combine dinosaurs with LEGO in this episode of Fossils and Fiction. The interview guest is Tullett, modelbuilder for the Brickman. We chat about building LEGO dinos and the team’s exhibition Jurassic World by Brickman, open now at the Australian Museum, Sydney, until July 17. For more information and to book tickets to Jurassic World by Brickman, visit
June 04, 2022
Prehistoric Planet Review
This brief episode of Fossils and Fiction is a review of the Apple TV+ series 'Prehistoric Planet', narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Jon Favreau.  For more information about Prehistoric Planet, visit the Apple TV+ show page.
May 31, 2022
Adam Yates discusses Australian Megafauna
Dr Adam Yates is the Senior Curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. He joins Fossils and Fiction for a discussion about the history of megafauna, dinosaurs, and other creatures of the Australian continent. We focus on the Alcoota Fossil Beds, crocodiles, geologic change, and Antarctica.  A transcript and more detailed show notes will be available at 
May 04, 2022
Penny Packham, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
Penny Packham is the Museum Coordinator for the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst, NSW. Penny talks to Fossils and Fiction about the Museum's extraordinary collection and their new kids' exhibition, the Dino-Store. This episode features the voices of children interacting with animatronic dinosaurs, discussions about tourism during COVID, and a magnificent Tyrannosaurus specimen.  A transcript of this episode is available now.  You can submit comments for inclusion in future episodes via our Anchor profile. 
April 20, 2022
Trish Sloan, Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Trish Sloan is the Collection Manager at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum in Winton, Queensland. Trish joins Fossils and Fiction to talk about engaging with her community, developing the Museum’s collection, and offering visitor-focused experiences. To learn more about the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, visit their website, Facebook, or Instagram. The Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a non-profit, independent institution. To support their work, consider becoming a member.  A transcript of this podcast is available here.
April 07, 2022
Boria Sax, Author of Dinomania
Boria Sax is an author and Adjunct Professor at Mercy College whose work focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural world. He joins Fossils and Fiction for a discussion about his book Dinomania: Why we love, fear, and are utterly enchanted by dinosaurs. Resources referenced in this episode: Dinomania: Why we love, fear, and are utterly enchanted by dinosaurs (2018), by Boria Sax; Avian Illuminations: A cultural history of birds (2021), by Boria Sax; Jurassic Park (1993) by Michael Crichton; Jurassic Park (1993) by Steven Spielberg; Weird Studies, a podcast by Phil Ford and JR Martel; Audio files of dinosaur and other Jurassic sounds by The Natural History Museum, London. View episode transcript.
March 31, 2022
What is Fossils and Fiction?
This brief introductory episode of Fossils and Fiction explains the idea behind the podcast. 
March 17, 2022