Riley Black

is creating Natural History Essays

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For just a buck, you get notes and photos from my fossiliferous adventures across the American west.

Dino Tracker

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If you're a fan of Laelaps and want more, this one's for you! Backers at this tier will get four new, exclusive blog posts each month.

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In addition to everything in the lower tiers, you'll receive twice as many exclusive blog posts. Rock Star members will also have access to live Q&As, video content, and other goodies along the way.

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About

Dinosaurs. Giant squid. Saber-toothed cats. Sharks that glow. When I was growing up, these were my companions. Creatures that beckoned from beneath the waves and from the depths of ancient rocks far from my home. And there was no better way to learn about such amazing species than through natural history essays. The work of writers Stephen Jay Gould and David Quammen took me out of my suburban bedroom to drop me in places ranging from sweltering jungles to dusty museum collections. I want to do the same for you.

For more than ten years, I wrote the blog Laelaps - my personal exploration of paleontology and natural history, hosted over the years by ScienceBlogs, Wired, National Geographic, and Scientific American. Now I'm keeping it going here! Along the way we'll meet mysterious fossil monsters, lonely desert jaguars, endangered cacti, and stupendous dinosaurs, each story highlighting the questions that keep the curious looking under rocks, hiking through the backcountry, and digging in the desert. I'd be honored if you'd join me for the journey.

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- Daily fossil photos from my travels for $1+ patrons
- Four blog posts a month for $2+ patrons
- Eight blog posts a month for $5+ patrons, plus live Q&As and video content

About me: I'm a freelance science writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to the books Written in Stone, My Beloved Brontosaurus, When Dinosaurs RuledPrehistoric Predators, and Skeleton Keys, my writing has appeared in a variety of publications including National Geographic, Slate, Smithsonian, Science, Nature, SIERRA, the Washington Post, New Scientist, and more. And when I'm not writing about weird and wonderful forms of life, I'm often found volunteering with museum and university crews around the west as they excavate new clues about prehistory.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 538 exclusive posts
559
Images
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77
Writings
3
Videos

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