Author Archives: Brian Switek

Paleo Profile: Currie’s Alberta Hunter

Sometimes a single bone can give away the presence of an unknown dinosaur

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Paleo Profile: The Crown Tooth

A 30-million-year-old whale reveals how filter feeding came before baleen

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On the Trail of a Dinosaur Sail

A mysterious skeleton in Venice is a reminder how important it is to take good field notes

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Nothing but the Tooth

Our favorite carnivorous dinosaurs probably weren’t as skilled at killing prey as we expect

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Paleo Profile: The Large Ancestor Lizard

New fossils reveal the grimace of a giant Jurassic crocodile

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What in the World Was Macrauchenia?

Ancient DNA puts Darwin’s mystery mammal in its place

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Long Live the Fuzzy T. rex

Despite recent headlines, there’s still good reason to think T. rex was fluffy

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When Horned Dinosaurs Traveled East

An unexpected tooth changes the story of one of the most famous dinosaur groups

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The Making of an Allosaurus Graveyard

A new analysis sets the scene for how over 46 Allosaurus came to be buried in the same place

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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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