Utah’s Fossil Finds Describe an Ancient World

29:30 minutes

Once upon a time, giants roamed the planet—many of them in what is now Utah. A panel of paleontology experts describes some of the state’s ancient treasures, from massive long-necked sauropods to the Utahraptor, a predator that would put those in Jurassic Park to shame.


NPR’s continuing live coverage of events in Boston preempted the April 19th broadcast of Science Friday. The recorded April 19th program aired April 26th.

Segment Guests

Riley Black

Riley Black is a science writer and the author of several books, including The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Skeleton Keys and My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.

Brooks Britt

Brooks Britt is an associate professor in the department of geological sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Randall Irmis

Randall Irmis is the curator of paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah and an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Heard on the Air

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Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director and senior producer, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.

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