What’s New With Past Time

Welcome to Past Time!

Where the Past is the Key to the Present.

Past Time is a podcast that explores how we know what we know about the past. There’s a special focus on the fossil record but delving into the story of the past isn’t limited to dry bones. Today’s paleontologists use techniques drawn from other sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Biology to figure out what extinct animals were like and how they lived.

Whether you are just starting to learn about the amazing animals that have called this planet home, or you have been fascinated by fossils for a long time, we hope you will join us as we dig into past times.

Past Time is hosted by Adam Pritchard and Matt Borths, two graduate students in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.

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Recent Episodes

Images of the fossil salamander in amber, Palaeoplethodon, alongside a modern plethodontid salamander. The close resemblance suggests that Palaeoplethodon is a lungless animal, whose closest relatives lived nearby in North America.

Arrr, ye mateys! Pour out some grog, and I’ll tell ye a tale of mines, …


The oldest basilisk lizard from North America, described by Jack Conrad from NYIT College of …

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As Jurassic World rolls out, Matt has some thoughts on the scientific impact of Jurassic …


Dating fossils might sound like Saturday night for a paleontologist, but it’s serious science! In …

Skype in the Classroom

Children at Bell Elementary raise their hands for Paleontology.

With a solid Skype or Gchat video connection, Adam and Matt are able to travel from New York to your classroom! Like the podcast, the visit is free. It’s all about spreading our enthusiasm for fossils! Each time we work with elementary and middle-school teachers to create short lectures tailored to the interests of the students and their curriculum.

Find out more about Past Time in the Classroom!