Riley Black

Science That Rocks

Welcome to the home base of science writer Riley Black. Here you'll find details about her books, her latest articles and videos, and where you can see her enthusing about natural history live. Go ahead. Dig in!


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Two New Discoveries Add to a Horned Dino Revolution - Smithsonian 5/20/2016

How Do You Feed a T. rex? - fivethirtyeight 5/20/2016

T. rex: The Greatest Celebrity of All Time - The Spectator 5/14/2016

How Did Ancestors of Birds Survive the Apocalypse? - Audubon 4/27/2016

When Dinosaurs Roamed the (Not Yet) Petrified Forest - Smithsonian 4/2016

Fossil Mammals are More Interesting Than Dinosaurs - Slate 12/10/2016

Chisel-Toothed Beasts Push Back Origin of Mammals - National Geographic 9/10/2014

Why do we love dinosaurs so much? - Guardian 9/5/2014

Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as its Namesake Battleship - National Geographic 9/4/2014

Ten Awesome Prehistoric Crocs - 7/31/2014

Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo? - National Geographic 7/29/2014

The Truth About T. rex - Nature 10/23/2013

Beyond the Jurassic - Nature 02/09/2012

Watery Secret of the Dinosaur Death Pose - New Scientist 11/26/2011

Living it Large - Nature 7/14/2011


Ancestor of Adapiform? Darwinius and the Search for our Early Primate Ancestors - Evolution: Education and Outreach 09/2010

Thomas Henry Huxley and the Reptile to Bird Transition - Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective 2010

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