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Brian Switek has loved fossils and natural history since he was knee-high to a Stegosaurus, and he's turned that passion into a writing career encompassing articles, blogs, and books for outlets ranging from National Geographic and Nature to Slate and the Wall Street Journal.

His first book, Written in Stone, was published in 2010, followed by My Beloved Brontosaurus (2013), the National Geographic special issue When Dinosaurs Ruled (2014), and the children's book Prehistoric Predators (2015). His next book, about the evolutionary stories wrapped up in our very bones, will be published by Riverhead in 2017.

Brian lives in Salt Lake City with a clowder of four cats, his faithful canine companion Jet, and his wife Tracey. When not tapping away
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My Beloved Brontosaurus: On...

3.88 avg rating — 1,102 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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3.99 avg rating — 473 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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Killer Dinosaurs

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I really wanted to like this book. In the end, however, I just couldn't finish it. Evocative descriptions of the California coat give way to extremely dry discussions of prehistoric marine mammals. I'm fascinated by fossil whales and seals and otters ...more
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History, poetry, and advocacy are all intertwined in Tempest William's latest. Not every essay hits home, but that is in the very nature of what she has labeled a "personal topography."
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This is the natural history equivalent of a raw live album. Flawed, yes, but that makes it all the more powerful.
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This may be the best trainwreck ever written.
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The triumph and tragedy of Leopold's manifesto is that it remains as true today as when he wrote it so many decades ago.
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“I nurtured my dinomania with documentaries, delighted in the dino-themed B movies I brought home from the video store, and tore up my grandparents' backyard in my search of a perfect Triceratops nest. Never mind that the classic three-horned dinosaur never roamed central New Jersey, or that the few dinosaur fossils found in the state were mostly scraps of skeletons that had been washed out into the Cretaceous Atlantic. My fossil hunter's intuition told me there just had to be a dinosaur underneath the topsoil, and I kept excavating my pit. That is, until I got the hatchet out of my grandfather's toolshed and tried to cut down a sapling that was in my way. My parents bolted out of the house and put a stop to my excavation. Apparently, I hadn't filled out the proper permits before I started my dig.”
Brian Switek, My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

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Brian Switek, Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature

“If an organised body is not in the situation and circumstances best adapted to its sustenance and propagation, then, in conceiving an indefinite variety among the individuals of that species, we must be assured, that, on the one hand, those which depart most from the best adapted constitution, will be most liable to perish, while, on the other hand, those organised bodies, which most approach to the best constitution for the present circumstances, will be best adapted to continue, in preserving themselves and multiplying the individuals of their race.”
Brian Switek, Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature

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