Brian Switek Investigating Evolution, the Fossil Record, and the History of Science

Publications

Popular Articles

"Predatory Intelligence" Antennae, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 23-25 (pdf)

"The Dangerous Link Between Science and Hype" Times Editorial, May 26, 2009

"Hype Surrounding Ida Has Misled Scores of People" Times Commentary, October 22, 2009

"The Ins and Outs of the Sivatherium Snout" Giraffa, Vol. 3 (2), pp. 2-5 (pdf)

"The History of Air" Smithsonian, Eco-Center Online Special

"The New Paleobiology" - Eureka, July 2010 (behind paywall)

"The Origins of Big T" - Eureka, July 2010 (behind paywall)

"Claws, Jaws, and Spikes: The Science of the Dinosaur Arsenal" - WIRED Science, August 18, 2010

"The Mosasaur's Kinky Tail" - The Guardian, September 2, 2010

"Sperm Whales: A long and vicious history" - The Guardian, September 20, 2010

"A Third of 'Extinct' Mammals May Still Be Alive" - WIRED Science, September 29, 2010

"The Scariest Zombies in Nature" - Smithsonian, October 18, 2010

"I'm tired of seeing naked dinosaurs" - The Guardian, November 4, 2010

"Breaking our link to the March of Progress" - Scientific American, December 3, 2010

"N.J. State Museum Dinosaur-Hunting Team Scours Badlands For Paleontology's Most-Wanted" - Inside Jersey, December 6, 2010

"Six Fossils That Enlightened Evolutionary Scientists" - WIRED Science, December 22, 2010

"Fossil Finger DNA Points to New Type of Human" - WIRED Science, December 22, 2010

"Rock of Ages - Review of Planet in a Pebble" - Wall Street Journal, January 22, 2011

"Ancient Tools May Mark Earlier 'Out of Africa' Path" - WIRED Science, January 27, 2011

"Everything You Wanted to Know About Dinosaur Sex" - Smithsonian, February 10, 2011

"Dinosaurs Behaving Badly" - The Guardian, March 29, 2011

"That's Not a Dinosaur!" - Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2011

"Everybody Loves Tyrannosaurus" - The Guardian, April 19, 2011

"How to Build a Giant Dinosaur" - Smithsonian, April 29, 2011

"Sea Monster Battle Preserved For the Ages" - ScienceNOW, May 5, 2011

"Triassic Crocodile Cousin Walked Like a Dinosaur" - ScienceNOW, May 11, 2011

"Lousy With Success: Genetics Reveal Fossil Lice as Evolutionary Champions" - Scientific American, May 17, 2011

"How a Lizard Lost its Legs" - ScienceNOW, May 18, 2011

"The 'Dino Gangs' Add an Important Dimension to a Vanished World" - The Times, May 19, 2011

"Who you callin' shrimp?" - ScienceNOW, May 25, 2011

"Crocodile-snouted Dinosaur Discovered Down Under" - ScienceNOW, June 14, 2011

"The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" - Smithsonian, June 22, 2011

"Squawking With Dinosaurs" - ScienceNOW, August 9, 2011

"'Alternative Evolution' of Dinosaurs Foresaw Contemporary Paleo Finds" - Scientific American, August 10, 2011

"'Jurassic Mother' Found in China" - ScienceNOW, August 24, 2011

"Why Did Early Humans Leave Africa Without the Latest Gadgets?" - ScienceNOW, August 31, 2011

"Amber Inclusions Showcase Prehistoric Feathers" - Nature News, September 15, 2011

"Book Review: The Fossil Chronicles" - Wall Street Journal, October 8, 2011

"Mastodon Fossil Throws Up Questions Over 'Rapid' Extinction" - Nature News, October 20, 2011

"The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow? Maybe Not" - ScienceNOW, October 25, 2011

"The Sauropod Salad Bar" - ScienceNOW, October 26, 2011

"Meet the Saber-Toothed Squirrel" - ScienceNOW, November 2, 2011

"First Detailed Look Inside the Childhood of a Lost Species" - io9, November 8, 2011

"Using Science to Better Understand the Beauty of the Universe: Richard Dawkins' The Magic of Reality" - Tor.com, November 9, 2011

"Archaeopteryx Was Robed in Black" - New Scientist, November 9, 2011

"Is Water the Secret of the Dinosaur Death Pose?" - New Scientist, November 23, 2011

"Amber Inclusions Showcase Dinosaur Feathers" - Nature News, December, 2011

"The Secret of Dino Success" - ScienceNOW, January 31, 2012

"Study Measures Mammalian Growth Spurt" - Nature News, January 30, 2012

"Beyond the Jurassic" - Nature, February 8, 2012

"Debate Bubbles Over the Origin of Life" - Nature News, February 13, 2012

"Super-Sized Fleas Adapted to Feed Off Dinosaurs" - Nature News, February 29, 2012

"Byways Along Evolution's Path" - Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2012

"Ancient Human Ancestor Had Feet Like an Ape" - Nature News, March 28, 2012

"America's Monumental Dinosaur Site" - Smithsonian, May 31, 2012

"Mammoths Didn't Go Out With a Bang" - Nature News, June 12, 2012

"Sex Locked in Stone" - Nature News, June 20, 2012

"Dinosaurs Warm Up" - Nature News, June 27, 2012

"How Did Humankind Tame the Wolf?" - New Scientist, June 27, 2012

"Rise of the Feathered Dinosaurs" - Nature News, July 2, 2012

"Virgin births seen in wild vipers" - Nature News, September 12, 2012

"Deep-Diving Sea Lions Squeeze the Air Out" - ScienceNOW, September 18, 2012

"Feathered Dinosaurs Drive Creationists Crazy" - Slate, September 19, 2012

"The Tyrannosaurus Rex's Dangerous and Deadly Bite" - Smithsonian, October 2012

"The DNA of Aztec Conquest" - Nature News, October 24, 2012

"Neanderthals Smart Enough to Copy Humans" - Nature News, October 30, 2012

"The Top 10 Survivors of Evolution" - Smithsonian, November 9, 2012

"Enjoy a Delicious Dinosaur on Thanksgiving" - Slate, November 21, 2012

"Why are Bigfoot Rumors so Persistent?" - Slate, November 23, 2012

Anthology Contributions

"Homo sapiens: What we think about who we are" in The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs (2008)

"Who scribbled all over Darwin's work?" in The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs (2009)

"Maiacetus: The Good Mother Whale" in The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs (2010)

"Giraffes - Necks for food, or necks for sex?" in The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on Blogs (2011)

"The Dodo is Dead, Long Live the Dodo!" in The Best Science Writing Online 2012

Academic Papers

"Book Review: A History of Paleontology Illustration" Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol. 12 (1), pp. R3

"Book Review: The Paleobiological Revolution" Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol. 13 (1), pp. R1

"Ancestor or Adapiform?: Darwinius and the Search for Our Early Primate Ancestors" Evolution: Education and Outreach, Vol. 3 (3)

"Thomas Henry Huxley and the Reptile-to-Bird Transition" Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Vol. 343. p. 251-263
DOI: 10.1144/SP343.15

Radio Appearances

BBC Radio 4 - "Material World" on "Ida" - May 21, 2009

BBC Radio 4 - "Material World" on "Ida" - October 22, 2009

BBC World Service - "Science in Action" on Australopithecus sediba - April 9, 2010

Atheist Talk - November 21, 2010

PRI's The World Science Podcast - November 24, 2010

Skeptically Speaking #88 - December 3, 2010

The Guardian's Science Weekly - January 24, 2011

Interviews

"Rethinking our evolution via the fossil record" - Raleigh News & Observer

Interview with Dan Schneider