After two years in our new home, Australia we thought it was about time we got around to discussing marsupials. Kangaroos, wallabies, numbats, quolls, thylacines…..you name it we cover it. Xanthe and Harri have had ten days camping at Cape Bathurst and give us a trip report.
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 Pakicetus, Ambulocetus and Remingtonocetus. Harri also hatches a plan to corner the whale milk market, but realises the practicalities of whale milking might prove problematic.
This week we are firing up the time machine and heading back 150 million years to what is now North Africa. Harri has her heart set on riding a Spinosaurus. It has been busy week at SeaDog Vet Services dealing with a crocodile attack and Twit the barking owl, and Xanthe has been making a start on her PADI open water dive ticket. Somehow we manage to morph this into a discussion of Sauropod anatomy.
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.
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
Our first podcast from Cooktown. This week we bring you an interview with Dr Rick Braley of http://aquasearch.net.au when we visited his aquarium on Magnetic Island. Dr Braley is a world renowned expert on Giant Clams. We discuss these massive bivalves, their biology and their future. http://www.djulinmarine.com/pages/about%20us.htm