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Common Descent
The Common Descent Podcast
Join David and Will as they explore the paleontologists’ perspective on various topics in life and earth history. Each episode features a main discussion on a topic requested by the listeners, presented as a lighthearted and educational conversation about fossils, evolution, deep time, and more. Before the main discussion, each episode also includes a news segment, covering recent research related to paleontology and evolution. Each episode ends with the answer to a question submitted by subscribers on Patreon. New episodes with new topics every fortnight!
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4.8 stars from 735 ratings
New favorite
Just discovered this podcast. I am loving it. The snake episode convinced me that snakes are better than crocodiles, but I still think birds are the coolest animals.
Galgal6 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/23
I love this show…
I don’t know how this doesn’t come up when you search for general science pods; it is worthy of a top ten listing. I also don’t know how they have the time and energy to do this whilst having no ad revenue. I’m currently a pauper, but if I had the means, I would be a patron and pay for all their...Read full review »
htaehevets via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/10/23
Love. This Podcast.
This podcast has repeatedly gotten me through mind numbingly dreary days and has been a great listen. One thing though (basically my own mini rant) is that I have been waiting on the episode about dragons that they promised, other than that it’s an amazing podcast and definitely binge worthy.
M.W.2900 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/01/23
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