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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Jul 29, 2019

If you thought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was fun - wait till you hear the shocking true story of Thomas Jefferson, Monster Hunter!  We're joined by Justin Mullis who presented his paper on Jefferson's work in Cryptozoology at the Of Gods and Monsters conference at Texas State in San Marcos, in April 2019.

Links of interest:

Martin Rudwick - The Meaning of Fossils 

Glossopetrae - an outdated theory about fossilized shark teeth

 Lee Alan Dugatkin's Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose  

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon - "the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century "

The full poem about Lewis & Clark's pursuit of Mammoth is on Page 11 of this digitized document.

Some additional reading suggested by listeners:

Big Bone Lick: The Cradle of American Paleontology 

American Monster: How the Nation's First Prehistoric Creature Became a Symbol of National Identity