Episode 197 - Sloth, Rage, and Coveting
00:00:00 - Old friend of the show Brian Switek returns with a ton of paleo to be talked about. Things begin with a new study of the bones of the Pliocene aquatic sloth, which turn out to have pachyosteosclerosis! Don't worry, we explain what that means and why it matters. (Hint: think marine iguana.) 00:22:04 - Sloths entered the drink, and so do we. Brian enjoys his own homemade apple cider. Patrick's drink isn't homemade, but it is local in the form of some Bowman Brothers Virginia Bourbon. Whereas Ryan sups from faraway lands, enjoying some illicit Cuban beers, Cristal and Bucanero Fuerte.
00:28:31 - And speaking of things from faraway lands, this week's trailer covers, in quite some depth, everything going on both science and not in the preview of the hotly anticipated Godzillaremake!
00:46:26 - To the shock of basically nobody, Ryan is upset about the headlines for a newly described dinosaur, but Switek is here to calm him down. Turns out, this new oviraptor from the Hell Creek Formation is notable for reasons besides a catchy headline.
01:08:03 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like headlines, you rarely get what you feel you were promised. Brian begins by telling us a bit about his latest book, My Beloved Brontosaurus, which you should totally get. Then we tackle a question from Abigail A. about taking a vacation to help out the science of paleontology. We suggest getting good with your local museum, and using a bit of Google Fu to find the right spot for you. Patrick rounds things out by thanking Wade W. for setting up a recurring donation. Thanks, Wade! And don't forget to check out Ryan in his role as member of the Animation Brain Trust over on iFanboy.
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Music for this week's show:
Your Bones - Of Monsters and Men
I Am a Cider Drinker - The Wurzels
Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult
Over the Eggshells - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
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