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Three of the biggest palaeontology fans on Nature's staff join host Kerri Smith to sink their teeth into new film Jurassic World, which premiered this month. Were they convinced by the genetically modified dinos? Could raptors really be trained to hunt in packs? The team also discusses the importance of ‘dinomenclature’: why species names matter and how they are devised. Plus, DNA from an ancient human found in Washington State in the 1990s throws up questions of heritage. The team debates whether the skeleton should be preserved for scientific study or reburied, as some Native American communities would like.

Backchat is a monthly round-up of science in the news by Nature's reporters and editors. Subscribe for free through iTunes or other podcasting software to make sure that you don’t miss an episode. Full show notes on the Nature Podcast homepage.

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