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Episode 77 - Terrorism & Pterosaurs

Episode 77 - Terrorism & Pterosaurs

Finally seeing eye to eye.
Finally seeing eye to eye.

00:00:00 – Ryan is riding shotgun with Justin Wood from New Orleans, Louisiana this week but Patrick and Charlie are in their usual places and are more than ready to talk about the dangers of biology research, mainly in the form of violent opposition to experimentation.

00:20:29 – What are we drinking? Charlie has gone coconuts while Patrick returns to a seasonal favorite. Justin and Ryan enjoy a charitable pilsner from Abita which is trying to help fisherman recover from the BP oil spill. You can learn more or help too by clicking here.

00:24:28 – Trailer Trash Talk this week is dedicated to justice, awkwardness and increasing Kevin Bacon's degree-ed-ness as the Paleopals break down Super.

Gotta catch 'em all!
Gotta catch 'em all!

00:34:10 – Pterosaurs had wings, but since skin doesn't usually preserve in the fossil record we don't know what those wings looked like.  A new paper breaks down the options and the Paleopals break that down further still. Here's a diagram from the paper that might aid in your understanding. (via the Palaeoblog)  

00:39:09 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Mardis Gras, they're fun but hard to remember. Sam A. wants to know about mirror molecules, hopefully he didn't want quantum. Deep S. from Brazil has an Alaskan explanation. And finally Dana (sp?) wonders why no one cares about the elephant ethics of impregnation with mammoths. Patrick wants to know why nobody is trying to clone mastodons.

Music for this week's show:

Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins

Coconut Skins - Damien Rice

Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler

I’ll Fly Away - Gillian Welch

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