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Podcast Episode 37 Animal Geeks – King of All Serpents

In a new format this week we have a look at a veterinary case of the week, Jet the American Bulldog who took on a Taipan.  We head back 60 million years in the Land Rover Time Machine to have a look at the largest snake ever to have lived, Titanoboa.   Our new business website is up at Seadog Veterinary Services. We also went for a sail out to the Great Barrier Reef and Xanthe and Harri give us a report on the wildlife we saw. Titanoboa

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Podcast Episode 35 Animal Geeks – Pakicetus

We are back to the old school team of Duncan and Harri this week. We look at Whale evolution, heading back in the time machine to have a look at PakicetusAmbulocetus and Remingtonocetus.  Harri also hatches a plan to corner the whale milk market, but realises the practicalities of whale milking might prove problematic.

"Skull Pakicetus inachus" by Nordelch - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg

“Skull Pakicetus inachus” by Nordelch – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Skull_Pakicetus_inachus.jpg

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Podcast Episode 34 Animal Geeks – Neanderthal Man

We have a Mystery guest in the house and we head back 50000 years to what is now modern Europe to have a look at Neanderthal Man.  Twit the owl is going well at SeaDog Vets and we have been treating a Northern Blue-tongued Skink

"Homo sapiens neanderthalensis" by Luna04 - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensis.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensis.jpg

“Homo sapiens neanderthalensis” by Luna04 – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensis.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensis.jpg

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Podcast Episode 32 Animal Geeks – Tyrannosaurus and Laramedia

This week we head back 100 million years to Laramedia and post-mortem a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Harri gets worried about getting home in time for dinner and before 75% of the extant life forms disappeared at the K-T extinction event.

Tyrannosaurus_Rex_Holotype

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Podcast Episode 31 Animal Geeks – The Bering Land Bridge

   We dust off our time machine to head back 10000 years to visit Beringia.  Harri gets a bit freaked out at the thought of Smilodon (Saber-toothed tiger) attack.  We discuss the migration of humans to modern day North and South America, Australia and Japan.  Xanthe contemplates getting stuck in Beringia and the kind of Hunger Games-esque bow skills that would be required.

Smilodon - Saber-toothed tiger

Smilodon – Saber-toothed tiger

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Podcast Episode 30 Animal Geeks – Bugs

This week we indulge in a bit of Q & A about bugs. Somehow we also mention rhinos, body farms, savannahs, edible insects and maggots. Stories via Steve Backshall,  Stuff You Should Know Podcast and Entomologist Alex Wild’s www.myrmecos.net

Harri recommends the Body Farm episode of Stuff You Should Know for some gross fun

 

Charts

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Podcast Episode 26 Animals Geeks @Flying High Bird Sanctuary

Podcast Episode 26 Animal Geeks – Flying High Bird Sanctuary -It’s ANZAC Day in Australia.  And we visited Flying High Bird Sanctuary near Childers on the Fraser Coast.   Duncan, Xanthe, Harri and Monty check in from the main aviary and we talk about a selection of the more than 3000 birds on display. We meet Berri the Cassowary, giant macaws and have our ears nibbled by Rainbow Lorikeets. Closing music by Julie Collier, available for download from iTunes #cassowary #sanctuary

Flying High is for sale, if you know a birdlover/entrepreneur/zookeeper who would be interested, please tell them about this fantastic place.  www.flyinghighbirdsanctuary.net.au

Berri the Cassowary