Brian Switek

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Brian has been a fossil fanatic since the time he was knee-high to a Stegosaurus. His evolution into a science writer and amateur paleontologist was only natural. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, right in the center of dinosaur country, he chases tales of vanished lives from museum collections to remote badlands.

A prolific writer, Brian regularly covers the latest prehistoric discoveries on his Scientific American blog Laelaps. His fossil-filled tweets have led Business Insider to call him one of the top "science social media wizards" and HLN to dub him one of "Twitter's 8 coolest geeks", as well, and he has just partnered with Parallax Film to host Dinologue, a new website and videocast all about what's new with the really, really old. And in a childhood dream come true, Brian was also hired to be the "resident paleontologist" for Jurassic World.

In between blogs, Brian also freelances for a variety of publications - from National Geographic to io9 - and writes books. His first, Written in Stone, was an exploration about what evolution's great transitions tell us about our place in nature, and his second, My Beloved Brontosaurus, was a critically-acclaimed romp with the new dinosaurs science is bringing to life. He also wrote two new books in 2014 - the National Geographic special issue When Dinosaurs Ruled and the children's book Prehistoric Predators, illustrated by Julius Csotonyi. His next book, due in 2017, is tentatively titled Skeleton Keys and will explore how bones are not so much totems of death as symbols of vitality.

But Brian does more than just write about fossils. Every summer he volunteers with an array of museums and universities to discover and excavate new specimens. These expeditions have taken him from the arid deserts of New Mexico to a Wyoming cave filled with Ice Age mammal bones. Visits to lost worlds fuel Brian's writing and his enthusiasm for life's amazing history.

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