#584 Time for the Gory Details

There are lots of things about the natural world many people like to avoid, or even pretend don't exist. Like the mites that are the same size and shape as the pores on our faces, or how likely it is that your dog will eat you when you die. Luckily, some people don't want to avoid those topics, and this week we're here with one of them. Host Bethany Brookshire talks with Erika Engelhaupt about…

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Episode 124: Crocodylomorph Disparity

Crocodiles are often referred to as “living fossils”, but if we compare modern and ancient species, does that label hold up? What different kinds of morphologies (shapes) did past crocs have and how did they live? How quickly did this past diversity arise and why are we left with so few species today? What’s to stop them from diversifying again? In this episode, we speak to Dr Tom Stubbs, University of Bristol, about his recent…

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Wooing widows

Sexual selection can be a powerful force in nature (remember these moths and their antennae?). This form of selection is propelled by how picky the choosers are. But choosiness depends on a lot of factors– and not just on how good of a dancer or a fighter a potential mate is! The stakes are pretty high for male black widow spiders because if they fail to impress, they could get eaten. In this infographic we’re…

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Christa McAuliffe commemorative coin

I remember thinking, as a youth, that I could choose any career I wanted, but I’m pretty sure l never considered that I might not be good at some of them. Such naïveté! Over the years, I’ve come to learn that there are many, many professions for which I would be ill-suited, and managing a classroom full of young students is one of them. That’s one reason I have enormous admiration and respect for those…

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