Riley Black, Scientific American

Riley Black

Scientific American

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Past articles by Brian:

Five-Eyed, Nozzle-Nosed Oddity Lingered Far beyond the Cambrian Period

This ancient creature swam in surprisingly modern seas → Read More

Tiny Tyrannosaurs Used the Buddy System

Fossil trackways may show tyrannosaur tykes teaming up → Read More

Ancient Panda ‘Thumb’ Matches Modern Version

Walking on all fours helped shape the panda's “thumb” → Read More

New Dinosaur Species Is Oldest Ever Found in Africa

A small, speedy, omnivorous dinosaur was a forerunner of Brachiosaurus and other giant plant-eaters → Read More

Little Pterosaur Could Have ‘Pole-Vaulted’ into Flight from the Water

New fossil analysis offers the first physical evidence of this launch strategy → Read More

New Evidence Emerges in Mystery of When Mammals Became Warm-Blooded

Fossil animals’ inner ear structures offer clues on when endothermy, or warm-bloodedness, evolved → Read More

Dinosaur Diets May Help Explain Dramatic Diversity

Some species were constrained by their food sources, while others ranged widely → Read More

Pterosaurs May Have Had Brightly Colored Feathers, Exquisite Fossil Reveals

An amazingly well-preserved fossil suggests the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs also had some type of feather or feather precursor → Read More

Snakes’ and Lizards’ Slow and Steady Evolution Won the Race

A related lineage’s explosive growth leaves just one descendant today → Read More

The Ten Best Science Books of 2021

From captivating memoirs by researchers to illuminating narratives by veteran science journalists, these works affected us the most this year → Read More

Footprint Discovery Hints at Humans in the Americas More Than 20,000 Years Ago

Seeds found in fossilized tracks fuel new speculation about when—and how—people arrived → Read More

New Process Helps Unscramble Dinosaur Boneyard Chaos

The Intermountain West is positively littered with dinosaur boneyards. In Late Jurassic rock layers from New Mexico to Montana, paleontologists have uncovered deposits that look like skeletal logjams. Whether connected or jumbled in a pile, the bones of prehistoric icons such as Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Diplodocus, and more are often found in abundance—the result of Jurassic monsoon floods that… → Read More

Dinosaur skull scans reveal clues about flight—and communication

X-ray images are revealing how these ancient animals moved through the world, what they could hear and see, and even how their young likely chirped. → Read More

The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020

Paleontologists uncovered a great deal about the “terrible lizards” this year → Read More

Pterosaur Origins Flap into Focus

Fossils of small, delicate animals may reveal the early history of gigantic flying reptiles → Read More

Why the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs Keep Getting Cut Down to Size

Debate erupts over how best to estimate the sizes of the largest creatures ever to have walked the earth → Read More

A 429-Million-Year-Old Trilobite Had Eyes like Those of Modern Bees

Rare, cracked fossil shows the world through ancient eyes → Read More

Bones Tell the Tale of a Maya Settlement

A new study tracks how the ancient civilization used animals for food, ritual purposes and even as curiosities → Read More

Emotional Safety Is Part of Sex, Too

With previous partners, I never felt emotionally safe to reveal my true self sexually -- so I never had emotionally safe sex. → Read More

Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found

New discoveries have raised the possibility of exploring dino genetics, but controversy surrounds the results → Read More