Brian Switek

Brian Switek is the author of My Beloved Brontosaurus and Written in Stone. He blogs at Laelaps on National Geographic's Phenomena.

Wild Things
April 22 2014 9:25 AMWhales vs. Dinosaurs: What’s the Biggest Animal of All Time?
Wild Things
Oct. 28 2013 12:05 PMThe Most Adorable Animals Engage in the Most Reprehensible Behavior
April 5 2013 11:26 AMThe Most Ridiculous Scene in Jurassic ParkIt’s not the “bringing dinosaurs back to life” bit that makes paleontologists snort.
Animal Forecast
Feb. 7 2013 1:11 PMWhat Really Killed the Dinosaurs?“An asteroid 65 million years ago” is no longer enough.
Nov. 23 2012 10:00 AMWhy Are Bigfoot Rumors So Persistent?Inside the search for North American’s supposed Sasquatch man-ape.
Sept. 19 2012 3:45 AMFeathered Dinosaurs Drive Creationists CrazyBiblical literalists are on a campaign to “take dinosaurs back.”
Wild Things
Nov. 8 2013 10:47 AMThe Most Horrifying Real-Life Creatures That Ought to Be Movie Stars
April 16 2013 1:19 PMWhat Happened to My Brontosaurus?The scaly, dimwitted monsters of our childhood have been killed off by fluffy, feathered, sprightly dinosaurs.
Animal Forecast
Feb. 28 2013 5:13 PMDid We Doom the Mammoths?The end times of saber-toothed cats, giant wombats, and carnivorous koalas.
Jan. 9 2013 4:45 AMThe Million-Dollar Dinosaur ScandalMeet the crooks, smugglers, and counterfeiters who run the most brazen fossil scams.
Nov. 21 2012 10:02 AMEnjoy a Delicious Dinosaur on ThanksgivingWhat, beside humans, ate dinosaurs? Sharks!



The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You

It spreads slowly.

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Activists Are Trying to Save an Iranian Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?