Episode 108 – Man-Made Monsters

00:00:00 – The scientific world was ‘rocked’ when news came out of GSA reporting a giant hyper-intelligent cephalopod discovered in the Triassic. But does the story hold water? (hint: NO) The Paleopals are joined by former cast-member Justin to break down this prehistoric cryptid!

00:18:28 – Their first story took place deep in the drink, so the Paleopals decide to dive in too. Justin has scotch, Kelly celebrates Ben’s PhD with mangosteen juice (and a backup for her tastebuds), while Charlie has yet to make his Campari (it’s made of bugs!) and soda, and Ryan presumes he’s keeping it thematic with New England rum.

00:24:28 – Ryan is convinced he’ll get a thumbs up from Kelly in Trailer Trash Talk this week where the team discusses Being Elmo. Does he succeed? You  must listen to know for sure.

00:33:54 – People often complain about the age we live in, how it was better before, etc. But what age are we living in exactly? Apparently it’s not obvious, even to the committee tasked with figuring it out. Is the Holocene over? Has the Anthropocene begun? We need to know now! Or soon, probably, guess we’ll wait and see…

01:02:37 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like Krakens, potentially very scary but seldom seen. This week Kelly cannibalizes an iTunes review from her new show written by Sam A. Charlie plugs The Podcast Awards being tirelessly promoted by Pang. It’d be cool to win, I guess. And finally Ryan has some instant feedback from @JustinDMcDonald about the Anthropocene.


That’s it for this week, thanks for listening! If you need more sci-goodness check out The Weekly Weinersmith, a proud member of the Brachiolope Media Networkand recently written up on our blog the Paleocave!


Music for this week’s show:

Giant Squid – RJD2

Scotch & Soda – Joe Ferrara

Street Fame – 2pac

The Modern Age – The Strokes



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4 Responses to Episode 108 – Man-Made Monsters

  1. Hannah 20 October 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I liked that you discussed the “Kraken” talk with a skeptical eye, I missed the talk (just because I was listening to more relevant talks), but NPR and other media really missed the ball.
    Great discussion about ocean acidification and it’s effect on corals! I must point out that there may have been tabulate coral in the Cambrian, maybe even the Precambrian, but the fossil evidence is still uncertain (I am studying corals, but not Tabulate corals). http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cnidaria/tabulata.html

  2. Peter 24 October 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I always enjoy your show. But, as a nuclear physicist, I am sometimes dissapointed with your math skills. An isotope with a 1000 year half life will not last for geologic durations. After 1,000 years half will remain. After 10,000 years one part in 1,024 will be left. After 100,000 years one part in 10^30 wil be left. Just thought it should be said…

  3. Charlie 26 October 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Your mathslap is acknowledged Peter. You win 100 internet math gold stars.

    My counterpoint: there are far more serious things in this life to be disappointed in.

    My defensive whine: have you ever tried to do math, on the spot, after talking for an hour and enjoying some bourbon? It isn’t always easy.

    My shameless attempt to curry favor: I’m all for turning failure into learning examples. To obtain his results, Peter was using the following equation Amount[t] = Amount[t_initial]*2^(-lamda/t), where lamda is the half life so, yeah in 10 years there’ll be 1/1024th as much…


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