[The Infinite Monkey Cage] Dinosaurs


16/09/2019 by BBC Radio 4

Web player: https://podplayer.net/?id=81281359
Episode: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/6/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p07n4xcd.mp3

Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their multi-award winning science/comedy show. They kick off with arguably any child’s first interest in science – dinosaurs! They are joined by comedian Rufus Hound and palaeontologists Susannah Maidment from the Natural History Museum and Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh to find out what the latest research and exciting fossil finds have revealed about these epic creatures. Are we in a new age of dinosaur discovery? What are the big questions that dinosaur hunters are hoping to uncover, and did they go extinct at all?

Producer: Alexandra Feachem

Listen Date: 2 December 2019


  • I learned that there are fossil hunters who sell fossils on ebay or through private dealers and that’s where museums end up getting fossils. Wow.
  • The point Steve Brusatte made about how a whole bunch of kids who saw Jurassic Park in 1993 ended up surging into Paleontology was fascinating.
  • And I learned that about 50 new species of dinosaurs are discovered a year.
  • “T-Rex with those tiny arms was naturally suited to the birdy song and paleontologists are just discovering the relationship to birds.” – ahahahaha.
  • The discussion on feathers repeated what In Our Time had discussed at length two years ago, but I was glad to hear it again, anyway.
  • At this point, I will again express my wish that Bill Watterson would come out of retirement only to redraw all the dinosaurs strips from Calvin and Hobbes with feathered dinosaurs.
  • Though I now realise, having listened to the episode that the strip where a tyrannosaur is attacking a triceratops is completely anachronistic.
  • Did Brontosauri exist is the “Is Pluto a planet” of paleontology.

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