Riley Black’s Contributions:
Shopping for New Species
Scientists are still landing new discoveries at fish markets.
Sep 20, 2021 | 550 words, about 2 minutes
The Sunken Dinosaurs of Alberta
A massive graveyard lies at the edge of an ancient sea. What caused so many horned dinosaurs to perish on the coast?
Apr 21, 2021 | 500 words, about 2 minutes
Shonisaurus Gets a Makeover
A new understanding of an ancient leviathan is developing in the middle of a Nevada desert.
Feb 17, 2021 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
Where Have All the Ammonites Gone?
They went extinct 66 million years ago. But the more interesting question is why?
Dec 23, 2020 | 550 words, about 2 minutes
When Deinosuchus Ruled the Earth
As long as T. rex but twice as heavy, this ancient alligator makes for terrifying nightmares. Now, a new study reveals there wasn’t just one Deinosuchus species, but three.
Oct 30, 2020 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
Sloths in the Water
With a few dense bones and a stiff old spine, these sloths were made to get wet.
Mar 11, 2019 | 650 words, about 3 minutes
The Surprising Importance of Litovoi’s Tiny Brain
Small-brained dinosaur-era mammal highlights the unusual consequences of island life.
Jul 4, 2018 | 850 words, about 4 minutes
In Awe of the Argonaut
Despite appearances, the paper nautilus is no evolutionary relic.
Oct 14, 2015 | 450 words, about 2 minutes
Dinosaurs of the Lost Coast
Was Utah’s ancient coast a driver of dinosaur evolution?
Jun 10, 2015 | 950 words, about 4 minutes