Science writer Riley Black writes the “Laelaps” blog at Scientific American. She is also the author of the books Skeleton Keys (Penguin Random House, 2019) and My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs. Black is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Best Science Books To Read This Summer, 2022 Edition
From the last days of the dinosaurs, to an anatomical voyage of the vagina, our experts have your summer science reads covered.
What Was It Like To Witness The End Of The Dinosaurs?
A new book chronicles what happened in the minutes, days, weeks, and years after the infamous asteroid hit the Earth.
The Single Worst Day In The Entire History Of Life On Earth
The day the infamous asteroid struck Earth might have been worst than you could imagine. Riley Black writes about that fateful day.
The Leg Bone’s Connected To The Ankle Bone—But Why?
The story of how our skeletons evolved to look they way they do.
The Secrets Of The Extraordinary Human Skeleton
From shoulders to skulls, learn how our bones made humans unique in this excerpt from “Skeleton Keys” by Riley Black.
Tweaking the Dinosaur Family Tree
New research could shift the classifications that describe relationships between groups of dinosaurs.
2014 Science Year in Review
From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.
Utah’s Fossil Finds Describe an Ancient World
A panel of paleontology experts describes some of Utah’s ancient treasures.
Go West, Young Man, and Grow Up With the Dinosaurs
A writer follows a childhood passion, surrounding herself with dinosaurania, in this excerpt from “My Beloved Brontosaurus.”
These Dinosaurs Should Appear in Jurassic Park 4
Author and dino-lover Riley Black suggests several reptilian relics that deserve the spotlight.