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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.


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


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


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


Episode 26: The Tree of Mammals

Published on February 1st, 2014 | by Joe Keating

Mammals are an incredibly diverse and highly successful group of animals. They include some of the tallest, heaviest and fastest animals around today, as well as our own species. For over 100 years, biologists have attempted [&hellip... Read More


Episode 24: Marsupial evolution

Published on January 1st, 2014 | by Laura Soul

Marsupials are a group of mammals best known from Australia, but are also present in South America and up to the southern and eastern parts of the USA. Despite their current geographical distribution, metatherians (the group [&hellip... Read More

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