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    • Written in Stone

    • Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Spectacular fossil finds make today's headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed 100 years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very informative

    • By Benjamin Nyman on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
    • Length: 17 mins
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    For a century and a half, naturalists have been vexed by the long neck of the giraffe. How could such a structure have evolved?

    Regular price: $1.18

    • My Beloved Brontosaurus

    • On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Brian Switek
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, bad reading!

    • By J. D. Botet on 06-16-13

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Ancient Fossils Reveal a Sticky Dinosaur Death Trap

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The raptors of the "Jurassic Park" movies were tenacious, nearly unstoppable villains. But if the fleeing humans had been able to find a patch of quicksand, the films might have wrapped up much more quickly. Based upon new findings extracted from a 9-ton block of rock and bone from eastern Utah, some squishy sediment could literally stop even the most rapacious raptors dead in their tracks.

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    • Australia Used to Be a Haven for Giant Penguins

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Only one species of penguin currently waddles along Australia’s southern coast, a semiaquatic bird that is the smallest of all its family and so tiny that it’s commonly known as the little or fairy penguin. But in the deep past a greater variety of much more imposing birds populated this coast. Now, thanks to the fossil record, paleontologists have discovered that Australia was a refuge for penguin giants.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • In This Jurassic Boneyard, It's Not Size That Counts

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    On the edge of Fruita, Colorado, scattered through a half square mile of red and gray rock, is one of the richest Jurassic boneyards anywhere. Over the years paleontologists have excavated the remains of a beautifully-preserved Ceratosaurus, the bones of at least six Allosaurus strewn together in death, and other Jurassic classics from this pocket of geological riches. But the most magnificent fossils to come out of the Fruita Paleo Area aren’t giants like Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus.

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    • A Dinosaur's Burial at Sea

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Broken bones tell a dinosaur's unusual tale.

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    • Nothing but the Tooth

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Our favorite carnivorous dinosaurs probably weren't as skilled at killing prey as we expect.

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    • Valley of the Mastodons

    • By: Brian Switek
    • Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
    • Length: 8 mins
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    A unique conference takes a new look at a neglected Ice Age beast.

    Regular price: $1.95