Episode 18- The Zuiyo-maru Carcass, Godzilla and Other Living Fossils


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In 1977 a Japanese fishing boat caught something unusual.  Some people suggested that it was a plesiosaur, a marine reptile that went extinct with the dinosaurs (it wasn’t).  The photo of a supposed ‘living-dinosaur’ eventually found its way into Godzilla movie history.

In this episode I discuss the history of the incident, the science that solved the mystery, and its place in kaiju lore.

 

Plus I catch up on whatever it is I missed in the last 6 months

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Required reading:

 Sea-monster or Shark?:An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977

Monster Talk:Fins & Fossil Footprints

Talk Origins-Response to the claim that ‘living fossils’ refute evolution

The Plesiosaur Directory

 

Redacted credits from Godzilla 2014 I5xZvSp (1)

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