Browsing the "Quaternary" Category

The Quarternary period is a division of earth’s history spanning from around 0.05 million years ago to the present, and during which the earth has been subject to a series of glacial and interglacial phases. A major extinction of large animals in North America began in the Quaternary during which sloths, mammoths, sabre-toothed cats, horses, camels and cave bears were wiped out. The end of the Quaternary is characterised by profound changes to the global environment brought about by human activity.

Cenozoic

Episode 103: Terror birds

Published on September 15th, 2019 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Terror birds, or phorusrhacids as they are known scientifically, are a group of large, flightless birds that lived during the Cenozoic, and truly lived up to their name. Known for their large, powerful skulls, and enormous [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

Episode 99: Megalodon and Marine Megafauna

Published on April 15th, 2019 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Undoubtedly, Megalodon is the world’s most famous extinct shark is and in this episode, we hear everything we know about this taxon, its ecology and how it got to be so big. Its ultimate extinction is [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

Episode 32: Canids

Published on August 5th, 2014 | by David Marshall

We’re all familiar with canines (dogs, wolves, jackals, foxes, etc), but these are just only one of three sub-families of the larger canid family to survive to the present day. There were also the Hesperocyoninae and [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

Episode 27: Mare aux Songes

Published on March 15th, 2014 | by David Marshall

One of the most iconic animals to ever have gone extinct is the dodo, Raphus cucullatus. Endemic to Mauritius, this flightless bird was last seen around 1662 and is thought to have been driven to extinction by [&hellip... Read More


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