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Mass extinctions, rising temperatures, and changing glaciers may sound like current events, but Earth scientists are learning that this type of climate change is nothing new. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Donald R. Prothero about his new book Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Future of Our Planet. Prothero discusses the links between the climate changes that have occurred over the past 200 million years. Dr. Prothero also discusses "Ida," a 47-million year old fossil the media is hailing as yet another "missing link." Is Ida all she is hyped up to be — or is this Darwinius masillae just one more transitional fossil supporting the theory of evolution?
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Date -June 2nd, 2009 read by Derek.

It's getting hot in here.
The Amazing Meeting 7 is held July 9-12, 2009 at the South Point Hotel and Casino
Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2009 is September 4-7 in Downtown Atlanta, GA.
Imagine the Arctic Circle lush with vegetation and dinosaurs.
Imagine yourself running pretty fast from Albertosaurus.
Folks in Montana – before there were folks there – could have picked citrus fruit.
Dr. Donald Prothero teaches Geology, Paleontology at Occidental College.
Prothero's new book is:
Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction and the Future of our Planet. 
Earth's climate has always been in a state of change.
There is plenty of new information about dinosaurs living in Arctic climates.
During the Cretaceous period the poles were much warmer.
Superplumes may have caused high levels of green house gases in the Cretaceous period.
The study of the teeth of early mammals also reveals clues about climate. 
The KT impact extinction theory is one of those that has changed. 
Then there is the case of the new "missing link" Ida.
Ida is a 47-million-year-old fossil from a German shale pit, that was found 20 years ago.
The adapidae gave rise to the anthropoids, primates that include apes, monkey and us.
New hominids are surfacing all the time. 
You can also find Dr. Prothero on Facebook.

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