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Re: RIP: Brian Switek's Dinosaur Tracking and Laelaps blogs--an appreciation

I ain't dead yet! Laelaps - with dinosaurs in tow - will be revived at
National Geographic on Tuesday:

Ed Yong, Carl Zimmer, and Virginia Hughes are moving their blogs to
NG, as well, and I'm proud to be the paleo guy at the new network. To
me, this is just another stage in the 6 year old evolution of the

Thank you for the kinds words, Ben. I'm thrilled to hear that you have
enjoyed the blog(s) for so long, and I hope you will continue to do so
for a long time to come.

All the best,


On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> I am sure that most DML members are aware of Brian Switek's two blogs
> devoted to prehistoric life and may know that both end today.
> Dinosaur Tracking (for the Smithsonian)  highlighted new dinosaur
> discoveries but also delved into both early and recent history of
> dinosaur science--along with bad dinosaur cinema, tacky roadside
> dinosaurs, and other lighter topics.
> Laelaps (for Wired Science) covered the full range of paleo-topics and
> went into more depth and detail.
> I have been a regular follower of both blogs. What has been
> particularly valuable has been Brian's hard-nosed approach to media
> hype and distortion of paleo-science research--in some cases, hype
> perpetrated--or at least not strongly opposed--by a few researchers
> themselves. Targets have included intelligent giant cephalopods that
> create art with ichthyosaur phalanges, aquatic dinosaurs, and more.
> The good news is that he is starting a new blog for the National
> Geographic next week. We call all wish him the best and encourage him
> to keep up the good work! I'm also hoping that both Dinosaur Tracking
> and Laelaps remain archived and accessible into the future.

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