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Pint of Science Podcast - Professor Anjali Goswami - Evolution Expert at the Natural History Museum [episode 4]

April 8, 2019

How did the dinosaurs die out? What is Deep Time? Why are there so many insects? And is dental microwear just tiny orthodontics (spoiler alert: it isn’t). These are just a few of the big questions we sat down to ask Anjali Goswami, Professor of Paleobiology and Research Leader in the Life Science Vertebrates Division at the Natural History Museum. This week, the beautiful Imperial Durbar in Tooting served as our setting, a venue that turned out to be very suitable for the podcast content! Please be warned, this week’s episode contains a large number of tigers.

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About Anjali Goswami, this week's guest:

Anjali Goswami is a Professor of Paleobiology and Research Leader in the Life Science Vertebrates Division at the Natural History Museum. Her research has taken her on a fascinating journey through evolutionary history, and she’s published on everything from echolocating whales through to birds of the Mesozoic, via mole and dolphin skulls (a bit like Dr DoLittle, but with more… skeletal animals). Her most recent work focuses on carrying out a huge 3D scanning and analysis effort to reconstruct vertebrate evolution at extremely high resolutions, to help us understand how things like developmental pathways shape variation, and then how the environment acts on this variation to produce the diversity of life. Pretty big questions! Anjali has an excellent website you can visit and see some of the amazing images her lab produces.

 

You can also follow her on twitter: @anjgoswami

 

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