Episode 31: Oh Noah, not Rodent Teeth!

After a month long hiatus, Darren and John return, with this overlong, self-important, dull and portentous episode. News from the World of News includes the best and worst of teeth at the SVPCA, deer-cow hybrids (or as we call them "cows"), Transylvanian pturtles, some expert FU on antlers.

Cash for Questions includes the sauropod respiratory system, and a spinoff discussion on size, (we're still not sure which) Planet of the Apes, the ever-changing head of Quetzalcoatlus, and another round on tyrannosaur arms.

Finally, an extended rant on one of the worst films we've ever seen, Noah (2013). Surprising verdict: they should have stuck closer to the Bible. The best review is here. Darren: 3/10, John: 1/10. 

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Episode 30: Live in the pub, wobbles, falls over

Live Google Hangouts are hard. Too hard for us. After the technical collapse of the Google Hangout, we decided to record locally and put up what we had. Recording locally is hard too (apparently), and much of it was lost. Finally, the batteries in our laptops died, and that was that. 

However, we did manage to record some followup (antlers), the ethics of killing animals because you're interested in them, Darren and Memo's talks at LonCon 3, and finally, a pseudo cash for question from new listener John Conway, what is the most boring Tetrapod?

We will be returning to normal format for episode 31, with proper followup and all you Cash for Questions!

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Prelude to the live Episode 30

In a few hours, we will be recording Episode 30 of the podcats in The Old Ship, W6. You can watch the proceeding in a live Goole Hangout here.

We will be answering live questions, and playing the patented Nicklin/Keesey Drinking Game. The rules are as follows:

1: Darren gets the show number wrong - finish the drink.

2: Darren gets his name wrong - 1 shot.

3: A new tapir is discussed - 1 sip.

4: Darren gets a new paper out - 1 shot.

5: Darren and John get side tracked into a discussion of fish - 1 shot.

6: Darren raises a TV show/film that John hasn't seen - 1 sip.

7: John has major issues with the film Darren raises - 1 sip.

8: Darren and John have to spend time clarifying which reboot/sequel/prequel they are discussing - 1 shot 

9: John offers opinion on film he hasn't seen - 1 shot.

10: .....and it's positive - finish the drink.

11: Question is ultimately answered "we don't know" - 1 shot

12: Genetics get referred to in a confused way - 1 shot.

13: Genetics get referred to in a coherent and intelligent way - finish the drink.

14: "Take that Keesey" - 1 shot.

15: Darren and/or John mispronounce someone's name - 1 sip.

16: David Peters is referenced - a cry of "Boo" must be uttered and a shot taken to expunge the memory.

17: Darren locks himself in/gets pestered by a pet/rung up/answers door - 1 shot.

18: John gets a delivery - 1 shot.

19: Apologies are made for/discussion of a technical fault - 1 shot.

20: Permian Bears! - finish the drink.

21: Darren makes an arithmetical error - 1 shot.

22: John says "maybe it's..." - 1 shot.

23: Any mention of episode 13 - 3 shots.

24: Episode 13 is released - finish the shelf.

25: Any species known to have been shot by Teddy Roosevelt is mentioned - 1 shot.

26: Debate of species concept - all groan "not again", and take 2 shots.

27: MC extinction time - everybody stop, and take 1 sip.

28: Permian/Triassic extinction - finish the drink.

29: Feathers on dinosaurs in art/bunny hands - 1 sip.

30: The infamous croc skulls are finally identified anywhere in the Tetzooniverse - finish the drink.

31: Darren makes reference to an unpublished yet earth-shattering result - 1 shot.

32: Heine the unprovable hypothesis Yeti becomes a meme and is referenced - 1 shot.

33: John hurries Darren along on time - 1 shot.

34: Darren hurries John - 3 shots.

35: David Marjanovic is mentioned - 3 shots.

36: Adventure time is referenced - 1 shot.

37: A guest is asked "do you lek breed"?

Drink "responsibly" - by Anglo-Australian definitions of the term.

Episode 29: Superheroes Hate Genetics

Episode 29 includes, are new tapirs really new?, a TetZooCon round up, a quick discussion of and many a cash for question. Questions include the usefulness to eve-devo to palaeontology, the advantage of antlerage, why pterosaurs are better than birds, and the confusing mess of ratite biogeography. 

John make a valiant attempt to get Darren to stop droning on and on about superheroes, but he can't be stopped.  So take that, podcats listeners.

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Episode 28: Sideways Nipply-Things

Darren and John cover some followup, including the usual unbelievably stupid mistakes Darren makes about little ratty things, and John's bungling at TetZoo Tech leading to everyone's email not being read over the last couple of months.

We then whip through some News from the World of News including nothosaur tracks, Australian newts, and some News from the World of Darren and John: the last chance to book TetZooCon.

This episode is rolling in Cash (for Questions!), including two questions on theropod forelimbs (why they are so awkward and small?) and two questions on the Squamozoic.

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Episode 27: Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla!

Darren and John discuss a Sussex big cat, the eating of a great white shark, punching in the face, Deinocheirus, and the Angeac dinosaur. Such pointless banter stops for the main event: GODZILLA. Thoughts and spoilers on three Godzilla films  (1954, 1998, 2014). Surprise! Darren and John disagree.

Godzilla (1954) ★★★★★
Godzilla (1998) ★
Godzilla (2014) ★★★★

Godzilla (1954) ★★★★★
Godzilla (1998) ★★★
Godzilla (2014) ★★

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Episode 26: Only a Swingin' Cat would try a Muppet Rap

Episode 26 is here, beamed direct from TetZoo Tech to your brain. Tetrapodcats Dr. Darren and JC.co lay down some News from the World of News, with tapirs, ratites, Amazonian dromomerycines, and more. Listeners drop some Cash for Questions!, with spec zoo classic mashups, and why cats just can't get into the groove.

Don't forget to book your tickets for TetZooCon, guest list only, doors open at 9. 

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Episode 24: If I told you to say Niche, would you Switch?

In this thrilling episode: John was taken in by an obvious shoop of a president on a moose, Darren's new bird paper, Alligators, plesiosaur snouts, new hupehsuchians and tapirs, and chickens. Cash for Questions! include a confused followup on Toxoplasma, the point of tails or lack thereof, survivors of the M/C Extinction (fine, Dr. Holtz, the K/Pg Extinction, urch), and the ecological niches of fossil tetrapods. 

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Episode 22: Bergmann's Fool!

In this annoying episode, Darren speaks to us from underwater to tell us about the new tapir and theropods, and John gets annoyed with  Bergmann's Rule. Cash for Questions! includes flightless bats, and the cuteness of babies that are not your own species.

Apologies for the audio quality in this episode, Darren's new laptop doesn't work with his old and broken headset, so so he had to record on the laptop microphone. We've ordered snazzy new headsets (thanks donators, C4Q!ers and TetZoo shoppers), so hopefully the sound quality will be supoib for next episode.

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Episode 20: Locked in TetZoo Towers!

In this all-singing, all question-answering episode, Darren and John discuss baby-saving birds (photos), the sociability of varanids, whether other tetrapods could have evolved to fill our niche, whether four limbs make you a tetrapod, and, of course, the most flammable tetrapods. Also, the new Godzilla trailer, why Darren is locked in his house, and Darren's heartfelt and powerful rendition of the TetZoo Time theme tune.

Thanks to all those who provided Cash for Questions!, donations and bought our stuff. A couple of C4Q!s were kicked into next episode, so stay tuned for those.

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Episode 19: Sillysaurus Answers your Cash for Questions!

Darren and John do some followup, and then move on to so many Cash for Questions!, including: why there aren't primates in North America or Europe, no ground sloths in the Old World and woolly rhinos in the new, the taxonomic status of Pristichampsus, predatory mimicry, and the new big sillysaurid.

A big thank you to people that donated, especially recurrurs, and those that bribed us to answer their questions.

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Episode 18: At Least We Remembered Our Birthday

Tetrapodcats turns one today! Darren and John largely fail to remember anything about the year of podcatsing past, instead relentlessly chase down tangent after tangent. The sad case of the axolotl leads to a long tangent on conservation, and a bunch of other things which are difficult to recall right now. Our Cash for Question(s)! is on speciation, which of course leads to discussion of how attractive donkeys find horses. More listener questions and then plaintive pleas for recurring donations.

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Episode 17: Questions of Fuzz, Death, and Tuskses

Darren and John discuss the 8th birthday of TetZoo, fish (why?), and Darren's new paper on fossil bird behaviour before moving on to Cash for Questions!, which include why female asian elephants lack tusks, why mammals did so well after the K/Pg extinction, and what the deal is with archosaur integument. The questions are discussed at length but none are answered satisfactorily.* 

Also, Tetrapod Zoology Podcast t-shirts, and TetZoo Time!

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*No refunds, all answers are final.

Episode 16: The Dividulation of Smaug

Darren and John fail to introduce Episode 16, in which they discuss conjoined whales, ramble in an uninformed way about genetic chimera, and discuss whether new tapirs are interesting (Darren says YES). Also Bigfoot (again) the Minnesota Ice Man, and much discussion of the work of Weta, the workshop behind the creatures in many a Peter Jackson film.

The making of the Weta Workshop eagles is here.

We are introducing a new scheme: Cash for Questions! Send us a donation and we will cover a topic of your choice, guaranteed.* (*Terms and conditions apply, not a guarantee.)

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