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Fossil Huntress — Palaeo Sommelier

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Geeky Goodness from the Fossil Huntress — Palaeo Sommelièr. If you love palaeontology, you'll love this podcast. Learn about fossils and join in on some virtual fossil field trips in bite-size bits. Ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs — you'll find them all here. For musings meant to captivate, educate… read more

77 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Fossil Field Trip to the Oregon Coast

September 2nd, 2021


The Oregon Coast on the western edge of the USA is a wonderful place to collect fossils. The area has been known for its wonderful fossil fauna since …

Burgess Shale Biota: Life in Middle Cambrian Seas

July 6th, 2021


High up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains there are mysteries more than half a billion years old. These are the outcrops of the Burgess Shale Biota — …

Gentle Gentoo Penguins

June 20th, 2021


Gentoo Penguins with their black, white natural colouring akin to formal wear — are some of my favourite animals.

They are foraging predators — …

Earth’s Earliest Atmosphere: Cyanobacteria

May 30th, 2021


We owe a huge nod of gratitude to the wee photosynthetic microbes known as cyanobacteria for their work in helping to create the first oxygen to enter our atmosphere and make you and I — & indeed all life on Earth — …

Fool’s Gold: Betting On Gold Prospects

May 27th, 2021


When I was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old, I struck gold! Well, it wasn't real gold, but I was most convinced.

Someone had dumped a tailings pile …

José Bonaparte: Master of the Mesozoic

May 20th, 2021


One of the most delightful palaeontologists to grace our Earth was José Fernando Bonaparte (14 June 1928 – 18 February 2020). He was an Argentinian …

The Great Karoo of South Africa

May 12th, 2021


The Great Karoo was formed in a vast inland basin starting 320 million years ago, at a time when that part of Gondwana which would eventually become …

Marble Canyon: Stromatolites in Limestone

March 21st, 2021


Marble Canyon in British Columbia, Canada is a lovely place to hike. Here you can see some of the oldest freshwater stromatolites on Earth and one of …

Australia’s Fossil Megafauna

March 5th, 2021


Australia has always held appeal as a country with weird and wonderful wildlife. This is as true today as it was back in the Pleistocene — 2.5 …

The Shifting Earth: Plate Tectonics

March 2nd, 2021


Plate tectonics looks at Earth’s outer layer. It is made up of large, moving pieces called plates. All of Earth’s land and water sit on these plates. …

Amber: Fossilized Tree Resin

February 21st, 2021


Amber is fossilized tree resin that has been appreciated for its colour and natural beauty since the Neolithic. We find amber around the globe, …

Ammonite Valentine: Upper Cretaceous Brannen Lake Motorcross Pit

February 14th, 2021


One of the classic Vancouver Island fossil localities is the Santonian-Maastrichtian, Upper Cretaceous Haslam Formation Motocross Pit near Brannen …

Koala Bears: Marsupials

February 13th, 2021


Koala, Phasscolarctos cinereus, are truly adorable marsupials native to Australia. These cuddly "teddy bears" are not bears at all.

Koalas belong to …

Furry, Fuzzy, Polar, Panda — Bears: Ursidae

February 5th, 2021


Bears are one of my favourite mammals. Had they evolved in a slightly different way, we might well have chosen them as pets instead of the dogs so …

Fossil Field Trip to Sooke

January 31st, 2021


The upper Oligocene Sooke Formation that outcrops on southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia is a wonderful place to collect and especially …

Rene Savenye: Friendship & Fossil Bees

January 28th, 2021


This is a tale of friendship, tragic loss and fossil bees — and an introduction to one of the most delightful paleo enthusiasts to ever walk the …

Geologic Time & the Periodic Table

January 13th, 2021


Part of our ability to date the rock sequences we see in the world and determine which are older and which younger has to do with simple observation. …

The Map that Changed the World

January 12th, 2021


Our World has shifted dramatically over time. Our great land masses and oceans have moved, grown, shrunk, come together and pulled apart over the …

Alberta Fossil Field Trip

January 10th, 2021


Alberta is a gorgeous province in western Canada that borders British Columbia & Saskatchewan. Here you can see the glorious Canadian Rocky …

Fossils Deep in the North Sea

January 4th, 2021


Brown Bank in the North Sea is a treasure trove of Miocene and Pleistocene Fossil Mammal material. It is also a great place to unearth archaeological …

Palaeontology: Mass Extinction Events

December 30th, 2020


We live on a beautiful and ever-evolving planet — both in its geography, living and extinct species. Whether you study palaeontology (Brits & …

Geologic Time & Radioisotope Dating

December 30th, 2020


We live on an amazing planet with a 4.5 billion year history of life evolving from a single cell to multicellular life to the sheer volume of …

Cam Muskelly vs Megalodon

December 26th, 2020


For the ARCHEA blog post on Megalodon, I wanted to choose a human to give that mighty shark a true sense of scale. And in choosing a human, I thought …

Palaeontology: The Mighty Megalodon

December 26th, 2020


23-million-years ago to just over 3-million-years ago, the apex predator of the seas was the hulking cousin to today's Great White Shark. That big …

The Dove Creek Mosasaur

December 25th, 2020


The Dove Creek Mosasaur, which includes the teeth and lower jawbone of a large marine reptile was discovered by Rick Ross of the Vancouver Island …

Carboniferous Mason Creek Biota

December 25th, 2020


You may have seen some lovely plant material in dark nodules of siderite or iron carbonate coming from the Mazon Creek Fossil Beds. the Mason Creek …

Happy Holidays 2020

December 25th, 2020


God Jul & the Very Best of the Holiday Season to You & Yours. 

However you celebrate, sending you love and light for a wonderful holiday …

Svalbard Fossil Field Trip

December 23rd, 2020


Join in for a chilly visit to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard between mainland Norway and the North Pole. This one of the world’s northernmost …

Kazakhstan: Fossils and Geology

December 23rd, 2020


Kazakhstan Fossils and Geology: This morning on the ARCHEA Blog I shared a tasty block of Semenovites (Anahoplites) cf. michalskii ammonites that …

Welcome to Season Two

December 21st, 2020


Happy Winter Solstice 2020 — Welcome to Season Two. 

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern …

Carnotaurus: Flesh-Eating Dinosaur

December 20th, 2020


Meet Carnotaurus sastrei, a genus of large theropod dinosaurs that roamed the southern tip of Argentina, South America during the Late Cretaceous, 72 …

Brachiopods and Living Fossils

December 12th, 2020


Brachiopods, sharks, crocodiles, coelacanth, ginko, horsetails and velvet works are all considered Living Fossils. We'll talk about those species and others on today's cast. Living Fossils are an interesting area in …

The Fossil Record: Woolly Mammoths

December 12th, 2020


Woolly Mammoths were true elephants, unlike their less robust cousins, the mastodons. Mammoths were bigger — both in girth and height — weighing in …

Lemurs of Madagascar

December 12th, 2020


Lemurs are mammals of the order Primates, divided into 8 families and consisting of 15 genera and around 100 highly diverse species — 105 to be exact. They are native only to the island of Madagascar.

Most lemurs are …

Exploring the Geology & Fossil Record of Madagascar

December 9th, 2020


One hundred and seventy million years ago, Madagascar was landlocked in the middle of the supercontinent Gondwana, sandwiched between land that would …

Eocene Cryptodiran Fossil Turtle

December 6th, 2020


An Eocene Cryptodiran Fossil Turtle, Baena arenosa, from fine-grained lime mud outcrops in the Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA.

This fellow, with the extra-long tail, marks the last of his lineage. The now extinct …

The Fossil Record: Green River Formation

December 6th, 2020


The Green River Formation is a series of Eocene outcrops with outstanding preservation. Here we see the species that lived and died then fossilized within the sediments at the bottom of intermountain lakes in three …

Palaeontology: John Leahy & Dave Langevin

December 5th, 2020


John Leahy & Dave Langevin worked up at the McAbee Fossil Beds for more than two decades. Together they opened up the site and our understanding …

The Fossil Record: McAbee Fossil Beds

December 5th, 2020


The McAbee Fossil Beds are known for their incredible abundance, diversity and quality of fossils including lovely plant, insect and fish species …

Exploring the Triassic: Hallstatt, Austria

December 3rd, 2020


The Hallstatt Limestone is the world's richest Triassic ammonite unit, yielding specimens of more than 500 ammonite species. Along with diversified cephalopod fauna  — orthoceratids, nautiloids, ammonoids — we also see …

Geology & the Fossil Record: Building Washington State

November 28th, 2020


There was a large downpour that hit Washington State causing massive slides. The blocks you see here all came crashing down on the hillside.

Once the skies cleared, hikers found plant impressions in the rock and …

Geology & the Fossil Record: Ktunaxa Nation Eager Formation

November 27th, 2020


Ktunaxa people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia, Canada for more than …

Dr. Ted Danner, Professor Emeritus, UBC

November 27th, 2020


In May 2001, Dr. Ted Danner, Professor Emeritus from UBC and my mentor gave a talk to the Vancouver Paleontological Society. For over fifteen years, …

Geology & Fossils of the Gulf Islands

November 27th, 2020


The Gulf Islands in British Columbia include Mayne, Galiano, Hornby, and Gabriola. The largest is Salt Spring, famed for its locavore-minded farmers, …

Evolution: Of Land and Sea

November 26th, 2020


Many land animals have returned to the sea throughout evolutionary history. We have beautifully documented cases from amphibians, reptiles, birds and …

Pterosaurs: Flying Reptiles of the Mesozoic

November 20th, 2020


Pterosaurs were flying reptiles of the extinct clade or order Pterosauria. They soared our ancient skies during most of the Mesozoic — from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous (228 to 66 million years ago).

Nevada Fossil Field Trip

November 20th, 2020


Back in the Triassic, 290-210 million years ago, massive marine reptiles — the ichthyosaurs — hunted in the shallow sea that blanketed what would …

Haida Gwaii: Islands of Mist

November 15th, 2020


Steeped in mist and mythology, the islands of Haida Gwaii abound in local lore that surrounds their beginnings. Today, the Hecate Strait is a …

Trent River Elasmosaur Excavation

November 14th, 2020


A mighty marine reptile was excavated on the Trent River near Courtenay on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in August …

Ichthyosaurs of the Blue Lias

November 14th, 2020


The Blue Lias is a geological formation in southern, eastern and western England and parts of South Wales, part of the Lias Group. The Blue Lias …

Palaeontology: A Global Passion

November 13th, 2020


A warm welcome to all of you and thank you for listening to the Fossil Huntress Podcast. We've just crossed over the one month mark and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you and introduce you to each other. It is …

The Rocky Mountain Trench

November 8th, 2020


The Rocky Mountain Trench is one of the few geologic wonders we can see from space. It is known as the Valley of a Thousand Peaks or simply the …

The Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds

November 8th, 2020


The Mount Stephen Trilobite Beds now sit in the Main Ranges of the Rockies but were once at the bottom of shallow sea beds down near the edge of ancestral North America. Today, these outcrops in Yoho National Park …

The Cambrian Explosion

November 7th, 2020


Come and explore one of British Columbia's most intriguing fossil localities — the Burgess Shale. This amazing window into our ancient seas was found …

Fossil Birds of the Jehol Biota

November 1st, 2020


The Fossil Birds of the Jehol Biota have caused an international stir amongst palaeontologists. The Jehol outcrops of northeastern China has …

Ancient Fossil Octopus: Keuppia

October 31st, 2020


There are two species of Keuppia, Keuppia hyperbolaris and Keuppia levante, both of which we find as fossils. We find their remains, along with those …

Paddling the Bowron Lakes

October 31st, 2020


A cool morning breeze keeps the mosquitoes down as we pack our kayaks and gear for today’s paddling journey. It is day four of our holiday, with two …

Angiosperms in British Columbia

October 29th, 2020


Plant fossils are found coast-to-coast in Canada, from 45-million-year-old mosses in British Columbia to fossil forests on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere …

Rise of the Angiosperm: Crocus

October 29th, 2020


The earliest flowering plants show up in the fossil record 130 million years ago. These beauties became the dominant type of forest plant by about 90 million years ago. One of their number, the genus Crocus, is a …

Hadrosaurs: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs

October 24th, 2020


Hadrosaurs or Duck-Billed Dinosaurs were a very successful group of plant-eaters that thrived throughout western Canada and around the globe during …

Tumbler Ridge Dinosaurs

October 24th, 2020


In 2000, Mark Turner and Daniel Helm were tubing down the rapids of Flatbed Creek just below Tumbler Ridge. As they walked up the shoreline …

Dinosaurs: Meet Ferrisaurus sustutensis

October 24th, 2020


Say hello to Ferrisaurus sustutensis —  “A new leptoceratopsid dinosaur from Maastrichtian-aged deposits of the Sustut Basin, northern British …

Hornby Island Fossil Field Trip

October 24th, 2020


Hornby is a glorious place to collect. The island is beautiful in its own right and the fossils from here often keep some of their original shell or …

Dinosaurs: Warm-Blooded or Cold-Blooded?

October 20th, 2020


Were Dinosaurs Warm-Blooded or Cold-Blooded? Let's explore the clues they left behind to see if we can solve this mystery. Dinosaurs had relatively …

Titanities: The Giant Fernie Ammonite

October 20th, 2020


The Fernie ammonite, Titanites occidentalis, from outcrops on Coal Mountain near Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. This beauty is the remains of a …

East Kootenay Fossil Field Trip

October 20th, 2020


The East Kootenay region on the south-eastern edge of British Columbia is a land of colossal mountains against a clear blue sky. I've been heading to …

Fossil Fuels: Ancient Swamps

October 19th, 2020


If fossil fuels are made from fossils, are oil, gas and coal made from dead dinosaurs? Well, no, but they are made from fossils. We do not heat our …

Fossil Fuels and the Earth’s Mass

October 18th, 2020


A bright, beautiful young mind asked the question, "does Earth's mass decrease when we burn fossil fuels? And if it does, is it measurable? Do we …

A Passion for Palaeontology

October 17th, 2020


The Fossil Huntress shares her passion for palaeontology. Fueled by curiosity and a love of the natural world, she shares about growing up looking …

British Columbia: Fossil History

October 17th, 2020


Learn about the paleontological history of British Columbia, Canada. While the province holds fossils that span the full spectrum of the geologic …

Fossils Preserved in Pyrite

October 17th, 2020


We sometimes find fossils preserved by pyrite. They are prized as much for their pleasing gold colouring as they are for their scientific value as …

Ammonites / Ammonoids

October 17th, 2020


Ammonites / Ammonoids — Ammonoids are a group of extinct marine mollusc animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs, …

Where to Go Fossil Collecting

October 16th, 2020


Are you ready to head out Fossil Collecting and wondering where to go? There are likely fossils beneath your feed or within a few hours of where you …

Fossil Field Trip Gear

October 14th, 2020


What to wear & bring with you into the field. Are you planning on heading out on a fossil field trip? Hear what the Fossil Huntress like to bring with her out in the field. From eye protection to filing a trip plan, …

BC Fossil Resources: Fossil Collecting and the Law

October 13th, 2020


Learn about Fossil Collecting and the law. You can find a link to BC Fossil Resources on the Fossil Huntress Blog at

What …

What is a Fossil?

October 13th, 2020


Just what is a fossil and how do they form? How old does something need to be to be considered a fossil? Trees, insects, snails and dinosaurs can all …

Welcome to the Fossil Huntress Podcast

October 13th, 2020


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