Atheists Talk: Donald Prothero (with Bonus Talk)

Donald Prothero is a palaeontologist who is very much disliked by the Discovery Institute and loved by skeptics, science aficionados, and students.  He has written several books and over 200 papers for peer reviewed journals, popular magazines, and anthologies.  He wrote “Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters,” “Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters,” “Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Future of Our Planet,” as well as numerous text books and scientific monographs.

Don is in town for the Geological Society of America meetings, and has agreed to come by the studio and chat with Greg Laden about dinosaurs, climate change, science denialism and, of course, the psychology of cryptozoology, which is the subject of one of his current writing projects.

Professor Prothero is Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society.

Links of interest:

Donald Prothero – The Psychology of Cryptozoologists on Point of Inquiry
Skeptics Guide to the Universe Interview with Don Prothero
American Museum of Natural History Podcast
Don Prothero on the East Coast Earthquake

A short list of some of Donald Prothero’s books:

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
Greenhouse of the Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Future of Our Planet
After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals (Life of the Past)
The Evolution of Artiodactyls

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If you’re in the area, you can also catch Don that afternoon:

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

Party Room of Larpenteur Estates
1276 Larpenteur Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55113

(Park in the back of the apartment complex and go to the gap between buildings near the east end. Signs will point to the Party Room.)

Minnesota Atheists is pleased to host Prof. Donald R. Prothero, who will give a presentation on “Science Denialism: The Holocaust, Evolution, Climate Change, etc.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 612-588-7031.


  1. badandfierce says

    Also, if you’re a geology student, he wrote all your textbooks. Or at least bits of them.

  2. Tom Clark says

    I LOVE THIS GUY! This is the guy whose book “Evolution” led me eventually to the path I’m on today. He’s awesome.

    About the aforementioned book: don’t read it unless you can fight off hordes of creationist voices reverberating through your head whenever you think about anything. Great book, though.