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Introduction to Paleontology

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Explore the latest paleontological discoveries and what they reveal about life on Earth with the Smithsonian and an award-winning professor.


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  • 01: History on a Geological Scale
  • 02: Life Cast in Ancient Stone
  • 03: Tools of the Paleontological Trade
  • 04: How Do You Fossilize Behavior?
  • 05: Taxonomy: The Order of Life
  • 06: Minerals and the Evolving Earth
  • 07: Fossil Timekeepers
  • 08: Fossils and the Shifting Crust
  • 09: Our Vast Troves of Microfossils
  • 10: Ocean Fire and the Origin of Life
  • 11: The Ancient Roots of Biodiversity
  • 12: Arthropod Rule on Planet Earth
  • 13: Devonian Death and the Spread of Forests
  • 14: Life's Greatest Crisis: The Permian
  • 15: Life's Slow Recovery after the Permian
  • 16: Dinosaur Interpretations and Spinosaurus
  • 17: Whales: Throwing Away Legs for the Sea
  • 18: Insects, Plants, and the Rise of Flower Power
  • 19: The Not-So-Humble Story of Grass
  • 20: Australia's Megafauna: Komodo Dragons
  • 21: Mammoths, Mastodons, and the Quest to Clone
  • 22: The Little People of Flores
  • 23: The Neanderthal among Us
  • 24: Paleontology and the Future of Earth

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Stuart Sutherland


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