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PalaeoParty!

PalaeoParty!

By Thomas Clements, Chris Dean and Emma Dunne
PalaeoParty! is an interactive podcast about palaeontology, geology and earth science. Each episode we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains!

Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
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S3 Ep7. Dr Ellen Coombs' fave fossil - Cynthiacetus (extinct whale)
Today we talk to Dr Ellen Coombs about her favorite fossil, Cynthiacetus, and have a whale of a time (sorry not sorry). We learn all about extinct whales, why their nostrils are so interesting to scientists, and we chat about their hilarious hind limbs which are utterly tiny! We also chat about the ancient whales that make a weird appearance in the Star Wars films! If you want to see a picture of a Cynthiacetus then head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on the website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements.  This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
19:56
December 10, 2021
S3 Ep6. Dr Duncan Murdock's fave fossil - Notiodella (the Conodont)
This Palaeoparty! Short is about one of the most mysterious and weird fossils - the conodonts. We've known about conodonts since the 1850's, but had no idea what the animal looked like - it wasn't until the 1980s that scientists found a fossil conodont with soft-tissues! In this episode, Dr Duncan Murdock talks to us about his favorite fossil beasties and one conodont in particular: Notiodella keblon, a 450 million year old conodont from South Africa. Find out why these critters are so weird, but also why conodonts are a super important group of fossils.  If you want to see a picture of a conodont then head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements.  This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
12:13
December 03, 2021
S3 Ep5. Dr Valentina Rossi's fave fossil - Ammonites
With their coiled shells, ammonites are one of the most iconic and recognizable type of fossils! They are the focus of this episode, where we talk to Dr Valentina Rossi about these mysterious cephalopods and why they are her favorite fossil. We talk about fieldwork, the strict fossil laws of Italy, and about her inspiration: Mary Anning - the fossil collector who lived in Lyme Regis during the 1800s, collecting ammonites from the local cliffs with her dog, Tray.   If you want to see a picture of an Ammonite head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements.  This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
16:51
November 26, 2021
S3 Ep4. Dr Emily Mitchell's fave fossil - Fractofusus
In this PalaeoParty! Short, Dr Emily Mitchell takes us back in time to the deep ocean 545 million years ago. In this dark world, some of the earliest animals were doing their thing, before being buried under a blanket of volcanic ash that preserved them as fossils. One of these critters is called Fractofusus and is the focus of this episode! Find out all about this wonderfully weird beastie, Emily's research and why you aren't allowed to wear shoes near Fractofusus fossils! If you want to see a picture of Fractofusus head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/    PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements.  This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
17:43
November 11, 2021
S3 Ep3. Dr Nick Crumpton's fave fossil - Sharovipteryx mirabilis
In this PalaeoParty! Short, Dr Nick Crumpton tells us all about his favorite fossil - Sharovipteryx mirabilis. This little reptile was found in Triassic rocks in Kyrgyzstan - pretty normal right? NOPE! Sharovipteryx is unique because of the huge membrane that stretched between it's hind legs. Nick tells us about this truly weird beastie, what did it use this large 'wing' for, and why it interested him so much during his palaeo career.  If you want to see a picture of Sharovipteryx head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements. This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
17:18
November 04, 2021
S3 Ep2. Dr Aubrey Roberts' fave fossil - Britney the plesiosaur (Ophthalmothule cryostea)
In this PalaeoParty! Short, Dr Aubrey Roberts tells us all about his favorite fossil - a plesiosaur called Ophthalmothule cryostea or 'Britney' to it's friends! Found on fieldwork in Svalbard, an island inside the arctic circle, this long necked marine reptile cruised oceans at the end of the Jurassic hunting for fish. What makes Britney so important is that Aubrey and her team found its skull, which is super rare for plesiosaur fossils. Listen in as Aubrey tells us about freezing fieldwork, dangerous polar bears and how 90s bangers gave Britney her nickname. If you want to see a picture of Britney head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/   PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website. Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements. This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
16:09
October 28, 2021
S3 Ep1. Prof Steve Brusatte's fave fossil - Zhenyuanlong
In this PalaeoParty! Short, Prof Steve Brusatte tells us all about his favorite fossil - a small dinosaur called Zhenyuanlong. Found in China, this diminutive predator is scientifically important because, like a bird, it was covered in feathers, but it couldn't fly - even though it had wings! Steve walks us through the history of Zhenyuanlong, the science behind it, and the team of researchers that that described this beautiful fossil. If you want to see a picture of Zhenyuanlong head to our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/   PalaeoParty! Shorts is a new weekly podcast where we ask palaeontologists and allied workers about their favourite fossil. Each episode drops on #FossilFriday and is accompanied by a mini-poster on your website.  Normally we live stream on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our future schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty. PalaeoParty! is run by Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements. This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
13:38
October 21, 2021
S2 Ep6. Corals, climate change and colonialism with Nussaïbah Raja
In today's *CURSED* episode we chat with Nussaïbah Raja, a geographer/palaeontologist/data scientist undertaking her PhD in Germany.  We have all sorts of technical hiccups but we do manage to chat about some super exciting climate change science and Nussaïbah's really impactful work investigating colonialism in palaeontology. We also chat about fossils found within amber from Myanmar and highlight the impact that palaeo is having in fueling the humanitarian crisis in the area. Nussaïbah can be found on Twitter @mauritiantales. PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
01:10:39
July 22, 2021
S2 Ep5. A history of bones with Yara Haridy
In today's episode we chat with Yara Haridy, a bone-obsessed palaeontologist who has just finished her PhD in Germany. We chat about all things bone - how they evolved, what the first bony mudsucking critters were and how to work out the age of a beastie from its bones. Oh, and Emma talks about her obsession with Venus flower basket sponges. Yara can be found on Twitter @Yara_Haridy. PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
55:29
July 12, 2021
S2 Ep4. Fossil Mega- herbivores and science communication with Dr Alex Xafis
In today's episode we chat with Alex Xafis, a Greek palaeontologist and science communicator based in Austria. We chat about what we can learn about climate change from fossil giraffe and elephant teeth, Alex's path to a career in science communication, and what plants Emma (a famous plant killer) should get next. Alex can be found on Twitter @AlexXafis and has an amazing Instagram @palaeoalex. PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
01:05:02
July 01, 2021
S2 Ep3. Palaeo-art (and a lot of crab chat) with Franz Anthony
In today's episode we chat with Franz Anthony, an Indonesian paleoartist, fossil crab king and #1 invertebrate iNaturalist (T&Cs apply). We chat about why chickens are a seriously underrated animal, how Franz got involved with PBS Eons and Prehistoric Road Trip, the legacy of colonialism in palaeoart, and how he got wrapped up in the dark and mysterious world of crab memes! Franz can be found on Twitter @franzanth. PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
57:16
June 17, 2021
S2 Ep2. Fossil Mollusks and Beautiful Bivalves with Dr Katie Collins
In today's episode we chat with Dr Katie Collins, a malacologist - a zoologist specializing in the study of mollusks, curator and pupper parent (a guest appearance is made!). We chat about bivalves, eating the animal group you work on, and curators finding mysterious boxes in the collections! Katie also makes us giggle by introducing the mysterious HAM - the hypothetical ancestor to mollusks that lived over 550 million years ago! Katie can be found on Twitter @spissatella PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant. Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
56:58
June 10, 2021
S2 Ep1. Fossil DNA with Dr Ross Barnett
In today's episode we chat with Dr Ross Barnett, a palaeogeneticist, author and sabercat enthusiast. We chat about DNA, what it is and how scientists can use it to figure out who ancient bones belong to! We also chat about mass extinctions, the impact of bring extinct animals back to life, and about why you'd need wellington boots if you were watching a sabercat hunt. Ross's book 'The Missing Lynx' covers many of these topics (and more!) and can be found now at all book retailers or online. Ross regularly tweets @DeepFriedDNA. PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ or at https://twitch.tv/palaeoparty This season is generously funded by the Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant.  Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
01:03:32
June 04, 2021
What is Palaeoparty?
What even is a Palaeoparty? It's a new podcast about palaeontology, that's what! We live stream each episode on Twitch.tv/palaeoparty so you can ask us about whatever weird and wonderful fossil questions you have....all in real time!  You can find loads of info on our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/ Here's your invite - come join us at the next PALAEOPARTY! :)  Our theme music is "Voxel Revolution" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
01:15
June 03, 2021
Ep. 6 Experimental Taphonomy and the Burgess Shale with Dr Orla Bath Enright
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In today's episode we chat  with Dr Orla Bath Enright, a Postdoctoral researcher at Lusanne University, Switzerland. Orla talks us through the disgusting and smell world of experimental taphonomy (learning how fossils form). We learn how she uses flume tanks (think giant washing   machines) to recreate ancient underwater landslides! We also talk about the Burgess Shale, a famous fossil site in Canada that preserves fossils of soft-bodied animals that are over 500 million years old. Orla can be found on twitter @BathEnright. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
01:05:13
December 10, 2020
Ep. 5 Dinosaurs and extinctions with Dr Alessandro Chiarenza
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In today's episode we chat (and laugh a lot) with Dr Alessandro Chiarenza, a Postdoctoral researcher at UCL, UK. Alessandro introduces the dinosaurs and teaches Thomas why they are important and amazing animals in their own right. We also talk about the moments just before and after the asteroid impact 66 million years ago and why mammals survive. We also learn that Alessandro's least favourite dinosaur is the humble duck.  Alessandro can be found on twitter @AAlechiarenza. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
01:04:09
November 26, 2020
Ep. 4 Fossil fishies with Dr Richard Dearden
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In today's episode we chat with Dr Richard Dearden, a Postdoctoral researcher at Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris. Richard talks with us about fossil fish, why you might have gills, gives us some advice on how to find fossils and presents his beautiful vision of a palaeontological Eurovision entry. Richard can be found on twitter @Euphanerops.  Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
58:15
November 12, 2020
Ep. 3 Working out the climate of Earth 550 million years ago with Dr Thomas Wong-Hearing
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In today's episode we chat with Dr Thomas Wong-Hearing, a Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University, UK. Thomas explains how we work out the climate of the Earth 550 million years ago - a very important time in the history of the planet, when animals suddenly appear in the fossil record! Thomas can be found on twitter @ThomasHearing. We also get to meet Dr. Deans' two house rabbits: Hank and Mouse! (Don't say we don't give you anything extra here at PalaeoParty!).  Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
01:00:33
October 29, 2020
Ep. 2 Fossil crocodiles (green snaps) with Cecily Nicholl
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In todays episode we chat with Cecily Nicholl, a PhD student at University College London, UK. Cecily gives an amazing upgoer five, talks about the amazing fossil record of crocodiles (or green snaps as they will become known), her love of baby dinosaurs, the best song about fossils, and we laugh about her giant crochet crocodile! Cecily can be found on twitter @piginatutu. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
52:60
October 15, 2020
Ep. 1 Fossil Poop With Hannah Byrne
PalaeoParty! is a biweekly interactive podcast about palaeontology. In todays episode we chat with Hannah Byrne, a PhD student at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Hannah tells us all about how she got into palaeontology, her interest in working out ancient tides, fossil trackways in Ireland, but best of all, she teaches us all about fossil poop! Turns out poop is really useful for palaeontologists trying to understand ancient animals. Who would have thought? Hannah can be found on twitter @HM_Byrne. Each week we invite a new palaeontologist guest to join our hosts, Dr Emma Dunne, Dr Chris Dean and Dr Thomas Clements, as we laugh about weird fossils, odd science and whatever else pops into their brains! PalaeoParty! is unlike other podcasts because we live stream each episode on Twitch so you can chat and ask our guests questions in real time! Find our schedule at our website: https://palaeoparty.weebly.com/
57:37
October 08, 2020