Episode #57 Two Paleo Podcasters Walk into a Den of Eurypterids

The Paleo Nerds talk to the first Podcaster of Paleo, Dave Marshall, host of Palaeocast podcast.

Episode #57 Two Paleo Podcasters Walk into a Den of Eurypterids

Dave Marshall is a part-time PhD student at the University of Bristol where he’s investigating the evolution of chelicerates. He is also a self-employed biostratigrapher in the oil industry. Dave founded Palaeocast in 2012 after becoming frustrated with the lack of a dedicated palaeontological documentary series and the poor scientific accuracy of popular media. He is dedicated to altering the public perception of palaeontology through the innovative adoption of new multimedia opportunities.  Recently, Dave has been working on the Virtual Natural History Museum (V-NHM) project as he attempts to deliver Palaeocast’s brand of multimedia into classrooms.

When not in university, behind a microphone or on an oil rig, Dave can most often be found in the field looking for eurypterids or busy conceiving new sci-comms projects. (, 2022)

With Dave Marshall's contribution to Science and Paleontological outreach, it is an honor to have him on Paleo Nerds.

LINKS to Topics discussed in this Episode

Stratigraphy dot com

What is oil made of?

Palaeocast Podcast



Sea Spiders

Myriapods (millipedes)

Simon Conway Morris

The Burgess Shale


Drilling for petroleum


Zooplankton, Phytoplankton

World’s largest trilobite and Dave Rudkin’s page

Bill Stine Gilboa Forests for New York

Eurypterids and Langs fossils

Euryipterid Remipes- State fossil of NY State

The Largest Eurypterid Jaekelopterus

Video animation of Jaekelopterus

Eurypterid eyes!!!

Inuit Fishing spear

Eurypterid Claw discussion

Peter Ward’s book On Methuselah’s Trail

Tiktalik: one of the first tetrapods

Tuatara “Living Fossil” -Not!

Bivalve eyes

James Lanslow Pentacopteris

Pentaconta Greek Warship

What separates the Cambrian and the Ordovician

Devonian mass extinction events

Last Euripterids in Australia

Dave’s Claw find: A Carcinosomatid Eurypterid

Blind Trilobites


Ready to Grow by Whiskey Class
Dayte by Whiskey Class


Web Page Programming: Robert Kreuzer

Social Media: Corinna Troll

Audio Editing: David Strassman

Logo Design: Ray Troll


Reading List

Episode 01 with Dave and Ray:

Wonderful Life by Stephen Gould

The Dinosaur Heresies by Robert Bakker

Goulds book of Fish by Richard Flanagan

Episode 03 with Amy Atwater:

Desert solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Monkey Wrench by Edward Abbey

Episode 04 with Dr. Leif Tapanila

Basin and Range by John McPhee

Resurrecting the Shark by Susan Euwing

Episode 11 with John Long

The Island Within by Richard Nelson

Planet Ocean by Ray Troll and Brad Matsen

Dawn of the Deed by John Long

Rise of the Fishes by John Long

Episode 12 with Peter Ward

Roy Chapman Andrews All About Dinosaurs

Episode 13 with Carl Safina

All Books by Carl Safina

Coming into the Country by John McPhee 

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 

A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat 

Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina

Watch List:

Saving the Oceans NOVA/PBS 


Ghost Fleet

Episode 14 with Danna Staaf

Monarchs of the Sea  by Danna Staaf  

Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery  

Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith  

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll

Watch List:

My Octopus Teacher (Streaming on Netflix!)