Going Underground With Paleontologist Anthony Martin

Mar 11, 2017

On today’s edition of “Two Way Street” we’re going to go underground. We’ll explore cool, dark, subterranean regions where thousands of species – from humans to reptiles to insects – have sought shelter and safety, in some cases for hundreds of millions of years, back to the earliest appearances of animal life on Earth.

Here in Georgia, as we go through our daily lives, underfoot, underground there is an ecosystem teeming with life. And the creatures that burrow in the longleaf pine forests of southwest Georgia, or along the seacoast, not only are securing refuge for themselves, they’re providing human life with benefits we may not even know.

We’re going to explore this world with Anthony Martin. He’s a professor of paleontology and geology at Emory University. He’s just polished a new book, “The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet.” And here’s a bonus: In addition to his work as a paleontologist, Martin is also an ichnologist, and he’ll explain just what that means.

Martin has also done extensive research on dinosaurs, his book "Dinosaurs Without Bones" delves into his experiences working in the field. 

Want to be in the audience to watch us tape Two Way Street? We'll be at the Carter Presidential Library Friday evening, March 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Join us for our conversation about sleep with author Benjamin Reiss. More information here.