12 March 2020: An ancient bird trapped in amber, and life beneath the ocean floor

This week, a newly discovered bird species from the time of the dinosaurs, and microbes hundreds of metres below the ocean floor.


In this episode:


00:44 A tiny, toothy, ancient bird

Researchers have found a perfectly preserved bird fossil trapped in amber, with some rather unusual features. Research Article: Xing et al.News and Views: Tiny bird fossil might be the world’s smallest dinosaur


08:09 Research Highlights

Dental hygiene in the time of the Vikings, and wildebeest bones feed an African ecosystem. Research Article: Bertilsson et alResearch Article: Subalusky et al.


10:21 Deep sea life

Scientists have uncovered traces of life 750m below the ocean’s surface. Research article: Li et al.


17:31 News Chat

Updates on the Coronavirus outbreak, and peer review in predatory journals. News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infectionNews: Labs rush to study coronavirus in transgenic animals — some are in short supply


CORRECTION: This podcast states that the small bird skull found in amber is 7.1mm long. This figure only refers to the back section of the skull excluding the ‘beak’. The skull is actually 14.25mm long.


 

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