Tuesday, October 01, 2019

CrocLog Podcast - Episode 23

Well it's the start of Croctober, so it seems a fitting time to release episode 23 of the CrocLog Podcast! We even brought along a new crocodile species.

In this episode Adam Britton and Brandon Sideleau focus again on a couple of recent crocodile science papers, including how alligators (and by extension dinosaurs) keep their heads cool, how physical features can have a profound influence on crocodile movement, and why feeding wild crocodiles and then jumping in the water with them is probably not a great idea. We also discuss the viability of another croc myth, this time whether crocodile deliberately cache their prey before (or after) eating.

You can find the podcast below, and a few relevant links to topics we discussed:

New 10 foot long crocodile: CNN
Variation in geographic isolates of the New Guinea Crocodile (Phillip Hall's original observations): Copeia

How T. rex kept its brain cool: National Geographic Magazine
Frontoparietal Fossa and Dorsotemporal Fenestra of Archosaurs: The Anatomical Record

Croc blocking coastal landforms: ABC News
Geographic barriers disrupt saltwater crocodile movement: PLoS ONE

Eyes bigger than stomach: prey caching Researchgate.net

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