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Written in Stone


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1. The Living Rock 2. Moving Mountains 3. From Fins to Fingers 4. Footprints and Feathers on the Sands of Time 5. The Meek Inherit the Earth 6. As Monstrous as a Whale 7. Behemoth 8. The End of the Trail 9. Through the Looking Glass 10. The End of Progress?

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Author of Laelaps on SEED magazine's ( - a highly acclaimed blog that has been featured in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Popular Science, New Scientist and The New York Times. The blog is averaging about 11,000 unique visits a day, and in total has had some 500,000 unique visits and 800,000 page views. He also writes the Dinosaur Tracking blog on the Smithsonian website( Both blogs cover palaeontology, zoology and the history of science. Praise for Laelaps "Among many good blogs on evolutionary biology, two stand out. One is "Laelaps"... which covers not only palaeontology but also broader issues in evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science."-In Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago The author is friends with a number of other science bloggers organizing reviews and interviews with them around the time of the book's release. The author intends to pitch (and hopefully write) articles for magazines like New Scientist, Natural History, and Scientific American. He might also be able to arrange for an op-ed or other coverage in the UK paper The Times, particularly in it's science-supplement Eureka. We will be seeking endorsements from major evolutionary biologists and science popularizers, including: Mary Roach (Spook, Stiff, and Bonk), Carl Zimmer (At the Water's Edge and Parasite Rex), Michael Novacek (Time Traveler and Terra), Richard Fortey (Life, The Earth: An Intimate History, and Dry Storeroom No. 1), Niles Eldredge (Reinventing Darwin, Life on Earth, Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life), and Richard Dawkins. Pitch to radio: Science Friday, Fresh Air, and others interested in this author's unique back-story. Dedicated publicist for this title. Advance galleys available.

About the Author

Brian Switek is a science writer and research associate at the New Jersey State Museum who has done fieldwork on fossils in Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. He has been a frequent guest on the BBC and has written about paleontology for the Smithsonian magazine, London Times, Wired Science, Eureka and elsewhere. He is also the author of the acclaimed science blog Laelaps and Smithsonian magazine's Dinosaur Tracking.

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