Author Archives: Brian Switek

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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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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