The Keys to Skeletons Lost #516

March 08, 2019

Until we break a bone or two, we tend not to spend too much time thinking about our bones, where they come from, and how we know what we know about them. Well, today we've got a bone to pick with our own skeletons. We'll talk with Brian Switek, author of the book "Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone", about where your skeleton comes from, and how so many of the skeletons scientists have studied have complicated pasts and uncertain futures.


  • Brian Switek

Guest Bios

Brian Switek

Brian Switek is a collection of 206-some-odd bones and associated soft tissues. He's also the author of the books "My Beloved Brontosaurus" and "Written in Stone", as well as the Scientific American blog Laelaps. His bylines have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Wired, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and other publications, with a focus on the stories old skeletons can tell. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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