The Mesozoic era, meaning “middle life”, is a division of earth’s history spanning from around 252 to 66 million years ago. It is subdivided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The beginning of the Mesozoic is characterised by a long phase of recovery following the end Permian mass extinction. The end of the Mesozoic is marked by the Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction event which wiped out the dinosaurs among other groups.

Cenozoic

Episode 123: Soil

Published on March 16th, 2021 | by Elsa Panciroli

Terrestrial life as we know it couldn’t exist without soil. Soil is a layer of minerals, organic matter, liquids, gasses and organisms that not only provides a medium for plant growth, but also modifies the atmosphere, [&hellip... Read More


Jurassic

Episode 120: Naked Ammonite

Published on February 1st, 2021 | by David Marshall

When an ammonite loses its shell, what kind of anatomical information can be found lying beneath? With Prof. Christian Klug... Read More


Cretaceous

Episode 108: Plesiosaurs

Published on March 1st, 2020 | by David Marshall

Plesiosaurs are some of the most easily recognisable animals in the fossil record. Simply uttering the words ‘Loch Ness Monster’ can conjure a reasonably accurate image of what they look like. Thanks to palaeoart, it’s also [&hellip... Read More


Cenozoic

Episode 106: Herpetology

Published on January 1st, 2020 | by Elsa Panciroli

Herpetology is the study of reptiles, amphibians and caecilians. This includes frogs, salamanders, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and tuatara, to name just a few. These cold-blooded tetrapods have an evolutionary history that reaches back to the Carboniferous. [&hellip... Read More


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