December 8, 2006
History Writ Large
Old bones tell us lots of things, about prehistoric beasts that roamed the earth, sure, but also about ourselves. How well do we solve puzzles, and how well can we apply what we learn to other problem sets? And how is it, really, are we part of the grand design? Do we, too, go extinct or is there some more permanent place for a tamed, semi-sentient biped? History on a grand scale! No wonder kids love fossils—probably even alien tourists would be enthralled. Thus I'm absolutely delighted to have been able to talk with Darren Naish, a young British zoologist with an unusually wide-ranging mind. And also an outstanding blog. We discuss the evolution of dogs, humans, and dinosaurs, with an extended diversion into cryptozoology and Bigfoot. For 'something a little different' this conversation was great fun, but Darren's quite wise, too, and you can't help but learn something listening to him. Total runtime of an hour and twenty five minutes. Enjoy!