This TestTube Plus series is all about dinosaurs. Over five videos, Trace will take a deep dive into the scientific field of dinosaurs. What's the scientific history of these "terrible lizards"? How do we go about classifying different types of dinosaurs? Lots more. First up, Trace discusses the relatively new field of paleontology and formal study of dinosaurs. It was only in the mid-19th century when these fields became formal areas of science. Then comes a look at what exactly defines a dinosaur: how do we know a fossil belonged to a dinosaur and not, say, an alligator. After that, Trace provides an overview of dinosaur fossil collection today: what makes it into the hands of scientists vs. what gets put in museums vs. what is stored by private collectors. In the fourth installment, we'll focus on one of the greatest mysteries surrounding dinosaurs: their extinction. Finally, Trace will discuss what the leading dinosaur experts are studying today and, yes, we'll talk about whether or not Jurassic Park could ever be a reality.
TestTube Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics like AI, string theory and Mars exploration. TestTube Plus is also offered as an audio podcast on iTunes.