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Blue Dot 217: A REAL-LIFE INDIANA JONES: A Conversation With Professor Russell Shapiro

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Dr. Russell Shapiro in the field with a whale bone from the Miocene period in Southern California. And yes, duct tape is an important paleontological tool!

Dave talks to Russell Shapiro, a geology professor at California State University at Chico. Dr. Shapiro has a fascinating array of interests and adventures from seeking evidence for ancient life on Earth to helping NASA craft science goals searching for evidence of ancient life on Mars.

Shapiro is also a seasoned paleontologist who regularly works in the field and recently helped uncover one of the great fossil finds in California history, unearthing Miocene period mammals that dominated the California landscape sometime between 5 and 20 million years ago.

It's a trip through space and time you won't want to miss!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.