Author Archives: Brian Switek

New Fossil Fills In Missing Moment in Baleen Whale History

A new toothed whale highlights an important time in the evolution of today’s ocean giants

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In Ancient Bones, an Elephant-Size Surprise

Ancient DNA reshuffles the pachyderm family tree

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Paleo Profile: The Liaoning Hunter

The rock of China yields another beautiful dinosaur skeleton.

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Walking with Australovenator

Paleontologists re-create the footsteps of a fearsome Cretaceous carnivore

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What a Drag

A rare fossil records a quiet moment of Jurassic time

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Secret Air Sacs Made This Dinosaur Extra Light

A new find has paleontologists considering how the biggest dinosaurs coped with living large

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Shaking the Dinosaur Family Tree

A major reshuffling of dinosaur relationships may be afoot

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Canada’s Unexpected Ostrich Mimic

An overlooked fossil offers paleontologists a biogeographical surprise

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The Triassic’s Mystery Creature

A tooth from Petrified Forest represents an unknown species that has baffled paleontologists for decades

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Paleo Profile: The "Need Helmet" Dinosaur

An exceptional skeleton reveals a new dinosaur species.

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Baby Louie Gets a New Name

A famous fossil embryo turns out to be a new species of dinosaur

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Paleo Profile: The Wyvern Dinosaur

This huge herbivore is the earliest brachiosaur yet found

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The Mammoth March

Paleontologists are on the fossil trail of how elephants walked out of Africa.

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The Case of the Headless Corythosaurus

After nearly a century, a dinosaur’s skull is reunited with its body

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Paleo Profile: Little Anubis

This sharp-toothed mammal was a top carnivore before the heyday of dogs and cats.

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The Mark of the Mosasaur

A 90-million-year-old bite mark raises questions about what seagoing lizards really ate

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Well Spotted: A New Look at the Cave Hyena

Fossils from Spain offer a rare look at Europe’s extinct, bone-crushing carnivore

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Paleo Profile: Yang Zhongjian’s Lizard

Paleontologists add a new feathered dinosaur to their life list

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Looking Camarasaurus in the Mouth

An exquisite fossil gives this classic dinosaur a new smile

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Paleo Profile: The Moab Lizard

This long-awaited dinosaur finally has a name.

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Baby Dinosaurs Were Born into a World of Danger

Life was tough for little Maiasaura trying to find their way in the world

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Paleo Profile: The Whale Caiman

This strange fossil reptile is further proof crocodylians are not "living fossils"

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Ice Age Megafauna Were Ecosystem Engineers

The death of Pleistocene beasts forever altered the landscape.

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Paleo Profile: Isabel Berry’s Dinosaur

This many-toothed dinosaur was found with remnants of its last meal still inside

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Paleo Profile: The Geni River Frog

This ancient frog adds to the story of Mesozoic life

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The Bite of the Bear Dog

A new study estimates the predatory capabilities of a fearsome fossil beast

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Why Crocodiles Look Like Whales

Shared dining habits have fueled a "remarkable" case of evolutionary convergence

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Tully Monster Still a Mystery

A new study underscores the enigmatic nature of a particularly puzzling fossil creature

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A Spiky Mammal from the Heyday of the Dinosaurs

This little beast speaks to mammalian success under the feet of the saurians

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Paleo Profile: The Orange Sea Lion

This prehistoric marine mammal helps outline the early days of eared seals

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