The Oddest Couple in the Fossil Record 

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To figure out how Thrinaxodon and Broomistega became entombed together, scientists looked at the burrow itself, along with their fossilized bones. And it looks like their luck ran out, when a behavior that usually would’ve helped them survive just didn’t work.
Special thanks to Julio Lacerda ( JulioTheArtist) for the excellent Thrinaxodon and Broomistega illustrations for this episode!
And thanks to Fabrizio de Rossi ( ArtofFabricious/) for the Thrinaxodon illustration that originally appeared in our episode on synapsids: iritem.info/cd/fy-lm-h-y/rZmKiJ6mvYnXeHU.html
Here is the study we primarily discuss in this episode:
Fernandez V, Abdala F, Carlson KJ, Cook DC, Rubidge BS, Yates A, et al. (2013) Synchrotron Reveals Early Triassic Odd Couple: Injured Amphibian and Aestivating Therapsid Share Burrow. PLoS ONE 8(6): e64978. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064978
Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: iritem.info
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2020 20 اوت





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Genet Hagos
Genet Hagos پیش روز
Just learned that thrinaxodon is the cynodont from walking with dinosaurs
Ann پیش 4 روز
my mind went “PATROCHILLES IN THE ANIMAL WORLD” i dont understand too but i am sobbing now
Fiction Science
Fiction Science پیش 4 روز
About the third scenario: Humans sometimes use burrows to store food at cooler temperatures than on the surface, so maybe Thrinaxodon did not only stash its food, it specifically built burrows to create a cool chamber in which to do so. Scenario four: Eh, rigor mortis is a temporary thing, the carcass quickly becomes movable again once muscle tissue has broken down some more.
Paul Raymond Roque
Paul Raymond Roque پیش 6 روز
Is this the tiktok video from @lizemopetey? how heartbreaking 💔
Ramna Viaz
Ramna Viaz پیش 10 روز
"We ride together, we die together, bad boys for life"
Vipere پیش 12 روز
Imagine accidentally dying with some rando and 250 million years later a bunch of weird sentient apes pretend you're in love for fun
Lost One
Lost One پیش 12 روز
maybe they just didn't care about each other. There's lots of footage of animals sharing watering holes with predators that are disinterested for whatever reason. and the whole thing about it barely fitting, that's not science. If it can fit it's certainly going to when it's being pushed in by water and sediment.
TH4IFT پیش 16 روز
If we had 5 more minutes..
Ericson Dela Cruz
Ericson Dela Cruz پیش 16 روز
Reserved meal 😁
Gizzlo Fizzlo
Gizzlo Fizzlo پیش 16 روز
maybe this is why i like frogs
Richard Carter
Richard Carter پیش 16 روز
Oh I thought they were doing forbidden snuu snuu
Queen Blister
Queen Blister پیش 21 روز
You could say there love is buried deep into the heart- if it had one
Rose Torn
Rose Torn پیش 24 روز
When you were in the wrong place...or right place at the wrong time catching a booty call and this lady is yapping away guilt tripping you.
Joey Van Haperen
Joey Van Haperen پیش 24 روز
This is sow adorable. That frogo saw the doggo in it's cave and crawels in to cuddel and sleep toghter with doggo. Isn't that sweet.
Will MG
Will MG پیش 24 روز
They made wind and the willows into a real thing huh
Álvaro Celis
Álvaro Celis پیش 25 روز
They were bros
Betterthanbutts_ پیش 28 روز
Ao3 fanfic when, guys?
no, thnx
no, thnx پیش ماه
Enemies by nature. Lovers by choice. 🦦 ❤️ 🦎
Chiara 97
Chiara 97 پیش ماه
Is that where platypus(sses?) came from?
MrLoobu پیش ماه
Just wait till they dig me up...
mjod پیش ماه
they're in the wall eyes
Keisha پیش ماه
crying about a lizard that was squished and having a rough day rn
the_spooky_ dooky
the_spooky_ dooky پیش ماه
Broomistega sounds like an anime deamon
Ivvy Green
Ivvy Green پیش ماه
What if it's thrinaxodon's that had been injured and does but Bromastega love Thrinaxodon so he couldn't leave him alone. He knew there was flood coming to their place. He could escape and leave but he decided to stay, dying slowly, pain fully as the flood bring stones and mud burrying him alive, slowly he died next to the one he loves 😭❤️
Thomas Shannon
Thomas Shannon پیش ماه
Rigor mortis only lasts 24-48 hours and sets in after about 2-6 hours, so it could have easily been dead already
Chayzen K
Chayzen K پیش ماه
They said oddest couple but they didn’t even show the theory of them being a cross species, nor a couple, in some way this is click bait but on another way it’s educational
R H پیش ماه
That's sad what happened to them... But that goes for the death of many many many many animals including humans. I just feel bad thinking about them chilling there together dying. One sleeping and completely helpless and the other significantly injured and can not move without extreme pain.
Julhea Medrano
Julhea Medrano پیش ماه
Thats her food not
Erik Gruber Abolafio
Erik Gruber Abolafio پیش ماه
Famous last words: ¨It´s not what it appears, I promise...¨
Good Sleeping Hobbits
Good Sleeping Hobbits پیش ماه
Sometimes...you just need a friend.
Shadow Unknown
Shadow Unknown پیش ماه
Or the BROMASTEGA was dead because of the flood and you know those when you poke a hole in a bucket the water comes out and drags the small plastics with the water maybe the BROMASTEGA was sucked inside and the other species (I forgot) was already drowned and layed like it was sleeping
Blxssxm Taurus
Blxssxm Taurus پیش ماه
I've heard abt this and they said that they were actually awake but considering these facts it could be that they both sensed danger and let them in. Also could they tell if it was female or male??
ShibbyLibby پیش ماه
They’re ✨cuddling✨
Hana Molina Mohammad
Hana Molina Mohammad پیش ماه
Imagine saying this : my husband / wife is a fish
Reagan Brown
Reagan Brown پیش ماه
All of this is not true
Tonu Ahmed
Tonu Ahmed پیش ماه
I love how there name sounds like pokemon yet being actual scientific term
Lucar پیش ماه
Love is blind😄
•Jupiter Gacha•
•Jupiter Gacha• پیش ماه
I think the flood started and the creature got scared and looked for a place to hide only to find out there is a sleeping predator inside. But there wasn't enough time to back track because the flood was already apon them. Bite marks? They could have been old scars that stayed because they hit the skull hard. Or maybe he didn't see the flood and ran into the barrow because he was being attacked and was trying to get away. That's just what I think.
kawaii hana
kawaii hana پیش ماه
The plotwist they're reincarnated as human and they met again, fell inlove, got married and now happily living together. Why am I shipping them?.
kawaii hana
kawaii hana پیش ماه
@Shadow Unknown at least even it's only just a shipping they're happily living together as couple haha.
Shadow Unknown
Shadow Unknown پیش ماه
@kawaii hana I ship it because of the title-
kawaii hana
kawaii hana پیش ماه
@Nirrrina I don't read fanfiction to be honest.
Nirrrina پیش ماه
Because you've read to much fanfiction & fanfiction is fun.
Moshi Moshi
Moshi Moshi پیش ماه
Is there a chance that the smaller guy was carried into the burrow by the flash flood? And the water pressure caused them to pile up on each other and when they water stopped and got absorbed into the earth their bodies molded together?
Cayle John Perez
Cayle John Perez پیش ماه
Wait amphibians can swim right?
Shadow Unknown
Shadow Unknown پیش ماه
They were growing lungs
Angela Khan
Angela Khan پیش ماه
Scenario 6 :- Love Don't Judge
Mariel Valles
Mariel Valles پیش ماه
It was love.
Nathan Bell
Nathan Bell پیش ماه
the salamader just got sucked in the burrow during the flood.
illusion پیش ماه
There was another animal who had eaten them
Alok Patro
Alok Patro پیش ماه
Broomistega was a trans-Thrinaxodon
thechapgamer پیش ماه
kinda sad
Hershy Ramos
Hershy Ramos پیش ماه
Wow look at that pic of unnacsudon i dont know the spelling never mind look at that face its like a tiger head with lizard body its reallt rare wow what is the hiding mistery of earth maybe we are really have enchante dragon hahahaha
Le Hamp
Le Hamp پیش ماه
She’s hot
liza rose
liza rose پیش ماه
it looks like some predator hunting them down and bring them into the hole of it.
Henry action 25
Henry action 25 پیش ماه
I have a question how scientist know the type of the dead Fossil and how they know the name are we really can timetravel but scientist not showing to us they have a secret tho that's my question
Michaela Williams
Michaela Williams پیش ماه
Maybe Broomistega went in and stayed because don't animals sense when others know they're there? Thrinaxidon might've already been dead so Broomistega might've wanted to stay anyway even if there was a dead Thrinaxidon... _Or they were friends!!!_
3rdINFINITE پیش ماه
I ship it
Felicia Adams
Felicia Adams پیش ماه
What about the possibility of a symbiotic relationship? Like frogs and trantulas?
Cairo Silver
Cairo Silver پیش ماه
Broomistega: "Finally, after having my ribs crushed a bit awhile back, I get a break and find a place to safely rest..."
Jan Mikhail Regalado
Jan Mikhail Regalado پیش ماه
And here I thought they have a romantic relationship
Sean Foltz
Sean Foltz پیش ماه
The gopher turtle of Florida regularly shares its burrow with multiple animals - it's possible this creature does the same.
The carpenter of the legendary froggy chair
I have a theory, they were actually physics and predicted this: they were in a relationship and they wanted people to draw ship art of them when they were dead, they knew it would happen if they drowned while on top of each other, then they both put on a Lenny face and got into positions. *But that’s just a theory, a SHIP THEORY thanks for watching!*
Shadow God
Shadow God پیش ماه
I learned so much things global warming
William Sipe
William Sipe پیش ماه
They were pals
Kaitlyn Boss
Kaitlyn Boss پیش ماه
I would have guessed that the amphibian sensed or saw the flood and scrambled into the closest shelter. But then again I didn't know that it's ribs were broken.
AJ Gaming
AJ Gaming پیش ماه
Plot twist: They we’re having sex
Stevinca Maryadi
Stevinca Maryadi پیش ماه
S Shyam Krishna
S Shyam Krishna پیش ماه
Call me by your name
SoniX Gaming
SoniX Gaming پیش ماه
Fun fact they both pet of human and both died then buried together
Ur Mum
Ur Mum پیش ماه
I like to think they were smashing
Arfan Bashir
Arfan Bashir پیش ماه
What if Broomistega went into the borrow JUST before the flood, then as soon as it entered, the flood happened and washed it on top of Thrinaxadon? That would've had no time for Thrinaxadon to push Broomistega away.
Enwë پیش ماه
Why symbiosis relationship is not considered?? today we have plenty of examples of symbiosis between very different animals such as some crocodilians and birds working together to protect their respective eggs. Some animals eveen share the same burrow with other species in symbiosis relationships today. We can´t assume that is the correct theory but it has to be considered at least.
Selene Percher
Selene Percher پیش ماه
There’s like a 1 in 7.5 million chance of that happening
Myk Al
Myk Al پیش ماه
I wish I could fossilize with her.
juskuporudeh پیش ماه
Top 10 Sad Anime Deaths
Irish Bomb
Irish Bomb پیش ماه
I have decided that there in love
Noble پیش ماه
Before watching: “most likely cohabitated right?” After watching:
Gold水‖ پیش ماه
Just like humans being friend with chameleons and other amphidians that is different maybe that was the case
Juergen Francisco
Juergen Francisco پیش ماه
So it became extinct because of flood?
andrew پیش ماه
Ahh "young" love
RedRavenRiot پیش ماه
Maybe they were just tolerant of each other. We now have plenty of predators that let easy prey be, from wolves to crocodiles, for various reasons of benefit. They might have just been fine with each other.
Meat Clown
Meat Clown پیش ماه
Just the 2 of us, we can make it if we tried..
Felix Jimenez
Felix Jimenez پیش ماه
Maybe he just ate him and lay on his bones 🤣
OnlyLlamaLiam پیش ماه
what if they where just friends?
WizardFoxAngel پیش ماه
Dang it i was hoping that they were friends or a sad love story.
Kiyopawn Kaibusu
Kiyopawn Kaibusu پیش ماه
How come friendship was never a possible reason? Don't some animals have weird friendships?
Danvinn Daniels
Danvinn Daniels پیش ماه
Why do I feel so sad...😭
Lloyd Valencia
Lloyd Valencia پیش ماه
TILL DEATH DO US APART... was their last word.
Noob Dood
Noob Dood پیش ماه
Plot twist: they are blood related
十四Ralph پیش ماه
Am I the only one thinking how terrifying it would be to be flooded inside a hole?
Sheyli :3
Sheyli :3 پیش ماه
Nekosha پیش ماه
plot twist they just became friends and later on lovers they feel asleep next to each other to be drowned together
Starrix._. Moon
Starrix._. Moon پیش ماه
“Probably the flood moved its body on top of it” NO THEY WERE CUDDLING UNTIL THEY DIED LIKE SOME PEOPLE IN TITANIC
Jar Verm
Jar Verm پیش ماه
So they never considered how animals burrow togeatger in stressful situations like fires and earthquakes
Baba Hippo’s Meme Collection
KIlled in its sleep... what a way to go
Baba Hippo’s Meme Collection
i wanna die in my sleep so I feel no pain
Exlipse moon
Exlipse moon پیش ماه
I ship it >:3
choochoo real
choochoo real پیش ماه
the real reason was there was a storm one of them was already sheltered not knowing what to do and one of them was not so it was just finding a place to stay which was the hole coincidently then it flooded killing them both
Jacky gaming
Jacky gaming پیش ماه
Poor broomostega. he was crushed and jut tried to heal but No mother nature must be cruel.>:(
Noneur bisness
Noneur bisness پیش ماه
They was hangin out
Skeleton Sketches
Skeleton Sketches پیش ماه
Historians will call them best friends
Mat Broomfield
Mat Broomfield پیش ماه
Poor little buggers.
Crescentpaws5000 پیش ماه
Not gonna lie I want a whole fic about them
Jan Grzegorz
Jan Grzegorz پیش ماه
I guess they were just roommates