My Beloved Brontosaurus

Aug 8, 2013

The science writer Brian Switek knows adults aren’t supposed to like dinosaurs. And yet, they’re why he chose to move to Utah from New Jersey. In the decades since Switek’s dino-crazy childhood, dinosaurs have undergone incredible change. Once thought to be scaly reptilian ancestors, scientists now suspect they were warm-blooded avian relatives covered with fuzz. In his latest book, Switek attempts to explain that change to casual dinosaur fans and to rectify the animals scientists study with their pop-cultural image. Switek joins us on Friday. (Rebroadcast)


Brian Switek is an online columnist for National Geographic. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street JournalWiredScientific American and the journal Nature. He's the author of two books, Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature, and his newest, My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs. [Amazon|Indiebound.]