Brian Switek enthuses about fossil finds in his books My Beloved Brontosaurus and Written in Stone, as well as on his National Geographic blog Laelaps. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, to be closer to the petrified inspirations of his writing.
Fossils rock. So much so, in fact, that paleontologists have named a whole menagerie of prehistoric critters after their favorite musicians. Here’s a rundown of some of the fantastic prehistoric species named in honor of rock stars.... READ ON
Forget everything you’ve heard about dinosaurs dying out 66 million years ago. That’s not true. ... READ ON
What did our Ice Age ancestors eat?... READ ON
Alligators are pretty terrifying as they are, but scientists are making new discoveries about the reptilian ambush predators that only add to their frightening repertoire.... READ ON
Sloths aren’t the most impressive swimmers. When today’s two- and three-toed sloths take a dip, they bob along in an awkward doggy paddle. But there used to be sloths that evolution had specifically adapted to be at home in the water. Over the course of four million years, one lineage of giant sloth shuffled into the seas.... READ ON
When I was a little dinosaur fan, all I wanted was a pet dinosaur. An Apatosaurus would have been choice—big enough to be impressive, but not especially likely to eat me. But that’s never going to happen. As much as I hate to say that science will never solve a particular question or problem, the barriers to a real life Jurassic Park are insurmountable.... READ ON