82) Last Days of The Dinosaur


When a massive asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction followed, taking with it more than half of the world's species. The consequences, both immediate and long-term, of this disastrous event are detailed by author and paleontologist Riley Black in her latest book, The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning. Today she joins me to further discuss the incredible evolutionary opportunities that arose out of the worst day in history.

Bio: Riley has been a fossil fanatic since the time she was knee-high to a Stegosaurus. A prolific writer, Riley wrote her popular Laelaps blog for publications such as WIRED, National Geographic, and Scientific American for more than a decade. Her fossil-filled tweets have led Business Insider to call her one of the top "science social media wizards" and HLN to dub her one of "Twitter's 8 coolest geeks", as well, and she was the host of Parallax Film's Dinologue. And in a childhood dream come true, Riley was also hired to be the "resident paleontologist" for Jurassic World.

In between blogs, Riley also freelances for a variety of publications - from National Geographic to Slate - and writes books. Her first, Written in Stone, was an exploration about what evolution's great transitions tell us about our place in nature, and her second, My Beloved Brontosaurus, was a critically-acclaimed romp with the new dinosaurs science is bringing to life.