Author Archives: Brian Switek

Early Primates Groomed with Claws

Fossils found in Wyoming help refine our understanding of when early primates switched claws for nails

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Raptors of a Feather

Trackways from China throw further support to the idea that Velociraptor-like dinosaurs were sometimes social

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What Did Dinosaur Tongues Look Like?

Despite their diversity in size and shape, most dinosaurs probably had very similar tongues

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Terrible Teeth Reveal How Dinosaurs Chomped

Big or small, the teeth or carnivorous dinosaurs were adapted to a particular method of shredding flesh

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Paleo Profile: The Nonsense Beetle

A fossil beetle enclosed in amber carries an unusual name

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A Bite out of Time

A dinosaur’s rib shows evidence of a traumatic encounter with a carnivore

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A Tiny Reason for Big Dinosaurs to Gather Together

Transmission of essential bacteria might have given herbivorous dinosaurs an additional reason to form herds

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Is This Going to Be a Stand-Up Fight, Sir, or Another Sloth Hunt?

Ice age tracks show how humans harassed giant ground sloths

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Paleontologists Investigate a Jurassic Bite

A damaged bone at Dinosaur National Monument reveals the feeding habits of a Jurassic carnivore

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Dinosaurs Didn’t Die from Cretaceous Cramps

A strange paper offers an odd idea for why nonavian dinosaurs died out. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny

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Paleo Profile: Martin’s Sea Turtle

This Cretaceous chelonian is close to the origin of the hard-shelled sea turtles that still swim the oceans

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Paleo Profile: The Climbing Dwarf

Beautiful fossils offer a rare look at what covered the bodies of some of our protomammal relatives

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The Latest in Horned Dinosaur Fashion

A new study asks why some dinosaurs wore such different arrangements of horns

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Paleo Profile: The Shortened Face

A small skull found in Connecticut offers a new view to ancient reptilian bites

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By Land or by Sea

The debate over what sort of environment molded turtles into shelled wonders continues

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Paleo Profile: The Fish from China

A newly named prehistoric fish is a reminder that there’s more to the fossil record than dinosaurs and toothy reptiles

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Long-Lost Horse Toes Found

A new study reveals modern horses retain vestiges of all five ancestral toes

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Paleo Profile: The Jinyun Shield

A newly named armored dinosaur is among the earliest with a tail club

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Dinosaurs, in Living Color

Analysis of a fossil bird reveals an unexpected facet of dinosaur life.

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The Amazing, Inflatable Ankylosaur

"Bloat and float" leads armored dinosaurs to wind up in unusual places

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Paleo Profile: The Chimera Spider

An ancient arachnid related to early spiders shows a strange mix of features

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Follow That Giraffe

Ice age tracks put ancient giraffes in an unexpected place

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Paleo Profile: The Mansoura Lizard

A dinosaur from Egypt helps make sense of global patterns among long-necked herbivores

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A Point about Horned Dinosaurs

New finds have complicated the traditional way of distinguishing horned dinosaurs

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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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