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Coprolites with Tony Fiorillo

The Amoeba People Podcast

Release Date: 08/01/2019

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The Amoeba People Podcast

In this episode we premiere a portion of our brand new audio cartoon saga from our brand new radio show The Amoeba People Radio Hour on KLPB fm!

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The Amoeba People Podcast

Hey, everyone, let's meet the Meebs.

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Paleontologist Lucy Herrero tell us all about her experience as a high school student at the Webb Schools where she was given the opportunity to go on actual fossil digs alongside working paleontologists and how this led her to pursue a career in paleontology.

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A Geologist On Mars (Part 2) With Fred Calef show art A Geologist On Mars (Part 2) With Fred Calef

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Dr. Fred Calef of JPL sits down with Ray Hedgpeth of The Amoeba People to discuss Mars, what we now know about it, and how we know what we know. This episode also features "Geology Folk Song Medley" from The Amoeba People album "The Fossil Record." Onward!!!

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Dr. Fred Calef of JPL talks to us about his work mapping the surface of Mars. He tells us about the non-linear path his life took that led him to the work he currently does, as well as the challenges of applying Earth-bound geologic concepts to other planets in our solar system, most significantly the red planet. This episode is part one of a two part episode with Dr. Calef.

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This episode is all about lava! Our guest Genna Chiaro walks us through different types of lava flows, the kinds of rock they form, and how the stories of ancient people often reveal the scientific truths of the land in interesting ways.

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In this special episode of The Amoeba People Podcast, we share some audio from a live acoustic performance we did at The Fossil Record Barbecue, an event we put on as a thank you to our friends (scientists, musicians, animators and artists), who helped us out during the two years we worked on "The Fossil Record," our most recent album. We also give a preview of some upcoming episodes of this podcast, as well as our participation in "Podcast Wars" coming in 2020!

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The Amazing Marie Tharp with Hali Felt show art The Amazing Marie Tharp with Hali Felt

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In the 1950s, when Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and noticed what appeared to be a rift valley at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, her idea was ridiculed by a male colleague as "girl talk". Nowadays that rift valley is evidence that Earth's crust is in constant motion. Hali Felt, whose book "Soundings" details the life and work of Marie Tharp, talks with us about the process of writing such a fun and engaging book about someone people know so little about. We also break down our song "Girl Talk."

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Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C., paleobotanist, author, and science communicator extraordinaire, helps us understand the worst day in the history of Earth: the day an asteroid slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs.

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What would a battle royale of 16 Ceratopsians look like? Jared Heuck, Fossil Preparator of the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology, thinks we should NOT bring back a T-rex, a la "Jurassic Park." But if we did, he wouldn't mind seeing a grudge match between 16 of the most awesome Ceratopsians assembled in one place. In this episode, we also break down our song "Rockin' the Mesozoic," a musical adventure that travels deep into the Age of the Dinosaurs. Onward!!!

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This episode is all about fossilized poop! First, we break down our song "Coprolites" track by track, then we talk with paleontologist Dr. Tony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas about how in the world something as soft as poop can become fossilized. He also gives us some insight into the history of "dung stones" and his own experience digging for dinosaurs in Alaska and looking for traces of anything they might leave behind (including fossilized fecal matter). 

Dr. Anthony Fiorillo is Chief Curator of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as well as Vice President of Research and Collections. He holds a Ph.D in vertebrate paleontology and resides in Dallas, Texas, except for summers when he can be found living out of a tent in the farthest known reaches of Alaska, searching for dinosaur bones. 

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The Amoeba People are a science rock band who also happen to be musical ambassadors from the planet Crouton, sent to Earth to study its natural history, to learn about its myriad life forms, and to parse the mysteries of the human species by learning its dance moves. Their songs and videos are played in science classrooms around the world from elementary school all the way to college science courses.

Their energetic lives shows have melted faces at the American Chemical Society's Annual Conference (get it? melted, chemistry, it's a pun), rattled bones at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles' "Dino Fest" for the last number of years, shared their musical ideas worth sharing at "TED Talks: Education Revolution," and have performed at numerous venues from science museums, book stores, community events, and science festivals to schools, clubs, and bars. They have collaborated with the Planetary Society and have twice shared the stage with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy, as well as appearing on the Planetary Society's podcast on three different occasions. They are also the official house band of the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA, their "home base on Earth" where they frequently perform.