Author Archives: Brian Switek

The Medusaceratops Mystery

Old bones raise new questions about an enigmatic horned dinosaur

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Paleo Profile: The Bryant’s Shark

Distinctive teeth mark the discovery of a new prehistoric shark species

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A Wolf of a Different Color

For the first time, researchers spot a black maned wolf

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Where Are Utah’s Triassic Dinosaurs?

Utah is famous for its Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs, but the Triassic species remain elusive

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Dinosaurs of a Feather

Parallel trackways in Mexico may preserve a social moment in dinosaur history

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A Flock of Flaplings

A pterosaur nesting ground is a bonanza for paleontologists

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Paleo Profile: Shouten’s Marsupial Lion

This ancient beast was a carnivorous koala cousin

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Dinosaur Eggs under Stress

Dinosaurs didn’t crack under stress, but the hard times affected their eggs

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At the Ice Age Salad Bar

A new analysis underscores that American mastodon were flexible feeders.

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Paleo Profile: The Sand Whale

An ancient baleen whale adds to the story of an enigmatic group of fossil cetaceans.

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Paleo Profile: Miera’s Lizard

A dinosaur found in Utah underscores connections between ancient North America and Europe

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Buff Little Biters

Saber-toothed kittens were muscle-bound compared with other cats their age

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Presenting the New Ankylosaurus

A new analysis offers an updated look for the classic dinosaur

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Trilobites Had Guts

Delicately-preserved fossils alter what paleontologists thought about how trilobites digested their food.

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Paleo Profile: The Fierce Cat

Part of a jaw reveals a new species of carnivore from ancient Africa

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See Food Diet

Fossil poop reveals a surprise about dinosaur diets

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Paleo Profile: The Beautiful Bird

An exceptional fossil offers a new look at the flight abilities of early birds

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Just How Good Is the Plesiosaur Fossil Record?

Even though the fossil record is incomplete, the right circumstances can yield amazing discoveries

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Meet Alesi, the Prehistoric Infant Ape

A tiny skull offers a look at a critical time in ape evolution

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A Little Giant

A fossil skull might indicate the location of a prehistoric whale breeding ground

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Paleo Profile: The Strange, Defenseless Snout

Paleontologists name a new dwarf, toothless dolphin

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Keep Sharp, Metatherians

A cat-size mammal is an unusual find for its time

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Talking Crap about Mastodons

A submerged sinkhole preserved a massive mastodon latrine

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Paleo Profile: The Sieve-Toothed Plesiosaur

This unusual marine reptile strained the seas with its teeth

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A Dinosaur’s Burial at Sea

Broken bones tell a dinosaur’s unusual tale

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Trundling toward Extinction

A new study investigates what killed the Midwest’s last mastodons

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Paleo Profile: The Hiding Hunter

Overlooked bones reveal a new dinosaur species.

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Valley of the Mastodons

A unique conference takes a new look at a neglected Ice Age beast.

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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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