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Nick Longrich

Nick Longrich

Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath


I'm an evolutionary biologist and paleontologist from Kodiak, Alaska. I'm interested in how the world evolved to be the way it is. I study mass extinction, adaptive radiation, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and mosasaurs, among other things.

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When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question. Fossils and DNA suggest people looking like us, anatomically modern Homo sapiens, evolved around...

Will Humans Go Extinct? For All the Existential Threats, We’ll Likely Be Here for a Very Long Time

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9 percent, are extinct. Some left descendants. Most—plesiosaurs, trilobites, Brontosaurus—didn’t....

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