Slowly but surely, museums across the United States are updating their dinosaur exhibits. The state of dinosaur science is changing so rapidly that even exhibits renovated in the 1990s are at least partially outdated, and I am thrilled to see so many institutions incorporating the latest science i...
March 03, 2011 | By Brian Switek
A huge dam on Peru's Inambari River will bring much-needed development to the region. But at what cost?
March 2011 | By Clay Risen
Go to the dinosaur hall of almost any major natural history museum, and you are likely to find the same creatures. Diplodocus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus... I have seen these dinosaurs over and over again, but there are hundreds and hundreds of dinosaur species that I have...
February 10, 2011 | By Brian Switek
Stretching 90 feet long in life, Barosaurus was one of the largest of all dinosaurs. Despite its size, however, this sauropod was able to hide in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum for over four decades.Barosaurus were rare dinosaurs. One of the few skeletons ever found was uncovered by p...
February 02, 2011 | By Brian Switek
The author finds inspiration at the doorstep of his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house near the central California town
February 2011 | By T.C. Boyle
Now numbering in the millions, these shockingly destructive and invasive wild hogs wreak havoc across the southern United States
January 2011 | By John Morthland
A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater's amazing underground labyrinth
January 2011 | By Tom Mueller
The construction of the bridge that bypasses the Hoover Dam was an Erector Set dream come true for this photographer
December 2010 | By T.A. Frail
A stellar roster of African-American singers, dancers and comedians got their start at the venue, celebrating its 75-year history
November 2010 | By Lucinda Moore
The legendary dancer talks about starting his career in Harlem and his upcoming Sammy Davis Jr. project
November 01, 2010 | By Lucinda Moore
The 70th annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting ended on Wednesday, but before returning to more regular coverage of all things dinosaur I wanted to share a few snapshots from the meeting's welcome reception in Pittsburgh's famous Carnegie Museum of Natural History.For more on SVP, see t...
October 15, 2010 | By Brian Switek
It's almost here: next week, on October 13, national parks around the country will celebrate the first annual National Fossil Day. A tribute to America's fossil riches from Florida to Alaska, the National Park Service will be running a series of events and special programs to educate the public abo...
October 05, 2010 | By Brian Switek
Author Kirk Savage talks about the history and aesthetic beauty of our nation’s monumental core
October 2010 | By Megan Gambino
Whenever I pass construction sites, I sometimes imagine that some of the heavy, earth-moving machines are mechanical dinosaurs. Big, loud, and powerful, they fit the caricature of dinosaurs as bellowing monsters from my childhood, but the late sculptor Jim Gary actually went a step beyond seeing ve...
August 18, 2010 | By Brian Switek
Twenty years ago today, fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson discovered the dinosaur that now bears her name—the immense, 80 percent complete Tyrannosaurus rex called Sue. Arguably the most famous representative of the superstar of the dinosaur world, Sue is one of the most fantastic fossil discoveries ev...
August 12, 2010 | By Brian Switek
At about 40 feet long, Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest predatory animals that ever lived. But even the skeleton of a fully grown T. rex would be dwarfed by its animatronic likeness now standing outside the Children's Museum of South Dakota. Measuring 60 feet long from nose to tail, the su...
August 10, 2010 | By Brian Switek
Back in 1991, paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City created one of the most ambitious and controversial dinosaur exhibits ever seen. An homage to the (at the time) new vision of dinosaurs as active, dynamic animals, the skeletal scene depicted an Allosaurus mena...
August 09, 2010 | By Brian Switek
The author helps museums create systems in which visitors participate in exhibition design
August 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
I love visiting the fossil halls of natural history museums, but I have to admit that I sometimes yearn to see new specimens on display. Tyrannosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Edmontosaurus—their skeletons remains as impressive as ever, but given all the new dinosaur species discovere...
July 28, 2010 | By Brian Switek
When I was growing up, almost every documentary I saw or dinosaur book I read showed images of the great wall of Jurassic dinosaurs laid out at the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center. The wall, which is the enduring legacy of paleontologist Earl Douglass, who discovered the rich assemblage o...
June 29, 2010 | By Brian Switek